Pope Francis met Hassan Rouhani in a private meeting at the Vatican today urging the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to find peaceful solutions for the Middle East and work with the Catholic church to combat terrorism

The most senior Catholic in Somalia has cautioned the international community against complacency over the resurgence of Al-Shabaab after the country was left reeling by two terror attacks in a week by the Islamists extremists. The al-Qaeda-linked militant group killed more than 20 people on Thursday on a beach in Mogadishu and at least 63 Kenyan soldiers in an ambush near the Ethiopian border

Pope Francis will join leaders of the Lutheran community in Lund in Sweden later this year for a joint commemoration of the start of the Reformation, the Vatican announced. The event in the city where the Lutheran World Federation was founded in 1947 will start a year of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Frasier star Kelsey Grammer was among 50,000 hardy pro-life campaigners in Washington DC this weekend who braved the impending snow storm to mark the 43rd anniversary of the US Supreme Court's Roe vs Wade decision which effectively made abortion legal in the United States

Two Christian activists are among a group of at least fifteen human rights lawyers and campaigners who have been formally arrested on suspicion of subverting state power in China

In a candid interview with ITV News, the Pope’s Liverpool-born foreign secretary told news presenter Julie Etchingham about the pontiff's love of Britain and the British people

The foot washing ceremony on Holy Thursday can now include women, according to a decree from the Vatican. The ruling was issued along with a letter from Pope Francis to the prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Robert Sarah

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Florida’s judicial process for determining whether an offender should be given the death penalty is unconstitutional, after a judge was found to have interfered in the sentencing of a man convicted of murder

El Paso will hold a celebration at the same time as Pope Francis' visits the neighbouring Mexico city of Ciudad Juarez on the other side of the US border. Called 'Two Nations, One Faith', the celebration will take place at Sun Bowl Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at El Paso

Pope Francis is poised to become the first pope to visit the Great Mosque of Rome, understood to be the largest site of Islamic worship outside of the Arab world. The Pope received an official invitation to go to the mosque from a Muslim delegation

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