The Austrian bishops have insisted that the cross, as a symbol of justice and fairness, should remain in the country’s courtrooms, as the debate on the issue divided the Government and the judges, write Christa Pongratz-Lippitt and Mark Brolly.

France’s cliffhanger presidential election neared tomorrow’s first round of voting with all four front-runners stepping up Christian references to appeal to religious sentiments that are normally overlooked in the country’s officially secular political sphere.

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20 April 2017 | by James Roberts

Pope Francis on Easter Sunday condemned a bomb blast on a crowded Syrian bus convoy that killed at least 126 people – including 68 children – outside Aleppo as an “ignoble” attack.

The White House says it will be seeking a meeting between President Donald Trump and Pope Francis after senior Republican figures lobbied for a papal audience to take place when Trump is in Italy next month...

The Vatican's special delegate to the Order of Malta has ordered the former Grand Master of the knights to stay away from the election of his successor at the end of this month...

Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople was scheduled to attend a peace conference in Cairo with Pope Francis and Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar University...

The head of the Philippine bishops' conference expressed concern over what he perceived to be a growing trend "of rebuffing church morals and doctrine" in his country...

The harsh exclusion and 'judgementalism' by some in the church of single mothers, orphans, and gays and lesbians has been strongly criticised by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin over Easter...

Catholic leaders praised the federal and state rulings that granted stays of executions for a group of Arkansas death-row inmates during the week of 17 April...

A round-up of the highlights of this year's Easter Message, including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop Justin Welby, Donald Trump, Theresa May, Patriarch Kirill and Vladimir Putin...

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