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Sister Mary Eucharista pictured in St Louis during the symposium organised by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CNS)

Archbishop Augustine Di Noia gave the opening address at the Symposium on Religious Life in St Louis

'Far from empowering women, the 1967 Abortion Act has left a trail of destruction' (PA)

In 48 years since the passing of the Abortion Act around eight million abortions having been carried out in the UK

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, papal spokesman, with two couples attending the synod (CNS)

Several of the participants spoke to the press on Tuesday at a Vatican briefing

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau said, where possible, women should be given higher positions in the Church

The luncheon has raised £52,000 down the years

Catholic Women of the Year 2015 announced

Four inspirational women will be honoured at a luncheon event in central London in October

A nun present a gift to Pope Francis at Naples cathedral in March (CNS)

Francis addressed an audience of international men and women religious working in the Diocese of Rome

Pope Francis arrives for his General Audience today (AP)

Pope Francis makes equality plea in general audience reflection

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St Peter's Square today (PA)

Pope Francis made the appeal during his general audience today

Dr Alveda King speaks during a 'I Have a Dream' Gospel Brunch at Willard Hotel in Washington in 2013 (PA)

St John Paul II recognised the importance of post-abortion women

St Benet's was the last single-sex undergraduate body in Oxford University

The Benedictine institution at Oxford University has acquired a second site, currently run by the Society of the Sacred Heart