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THE?QUEEN was due to meet Pope Francis on Thursday, making him the fifth Pope she has met in her lifetime and the fourth as monarch, writes James Macintyre.

The decision to allow Britain’s last remaining Catholic adoption agency to retain its charitable status has been dismissed as “mistaken” by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), writes James Macintyre.

BELFAST CITY Council has voted to invite Pope Francis to visit the city. No member of the council voted against the decision to issue the formal invitation, with 30 votes in favour, writes James Macintyre.

The trial court of Lahore in Pakistan on 27 March sentenced Savan Masih, a Catholic, to death for blasphemy.

The Migration Committee of the US bishops’ conference, along with the Pro-Life Committee Chairman Cardinal Sean O’Malley and a delegation of Mexican bishops held a Mass at the US-Mexico border yesterday to commemorate the hundreds of people who have perished trying to cross the border.

Belfast City Council has voted to invite Pope Francis to visit the city.

The former Conservative Defence Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind made an ethical case for Britain keeping its nuclear weapons when he addressed an audience of Catholic justice and peace supporters on Monday.

Italian police have arrested two men who were allegedly trying to deposit trillions of euros in fake bonds in the Vatican bank.

Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has warned that while the West remains complacent about climate change, the world’s poorest countries are suffering most and will continue to do so in what is becoming a global environmental crisis.

Pope Francis stunned congregants at a penitential service in Rome on Friday by going to Confession in public.

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