Thousands of police officers lined the streets leading to Southwark’s Anglican Cathedral on Monday for the funeral of PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed while guarding the Houses of Parliament during the 22 March Westminster terror attack.

Bishop Hervé Gaschignard of Aire et Dax in southwest France has resigned at the Vatican’s request after rumours circulated about his behaviour with young people and Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, the Bordeaux metropolitan bishop, was asked to investigate, writes Tom Heneghan.

The US Supreme Court, with its new member Justice Neil Gorsuch (pictured), is to hear a case on Wednesday with major implications for religious freedom in the United States. Justice Gorsuch, nominated by President Donald Trump, was formally sworn in on Monday, returning the court to its full strength of nine for the first time since Antonin Scalia died in February 2016.

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has said the Church needs to examine more closely the position of women deacons in the Church in the past and in the Eastern Church today, writes Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.

Two Catholic leaders in Syria have criticised the US missile strike on a Syrian government air base suspected of launching a chemical attack on a rebel-held town on Tuesday of last week, writes Ellen Teague.

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13 April 2017 | by James Roberts

A peace march from Ankawa, the Chaldean quarter of Erbil in northern Iraq, to Qaraqosh, near Mosul, urged an end to all forms of violence and called for the gift of peace. Starting in an area heavily populated by Christian refugees from the Mosul area, the 86-mile walk ended on Palm Sunday in Qaraqosh, a town liberated from Islamic State last October after two years of occupation.

The LGBT Catholic community in Westminster has mounted a campaign against the deportation of one of its Ugandan members, whom it says faces a very high risk of being killed if he is forced to return to the place of his birth...

The Vatican stamp and coin office will release stamps marking retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday and featuring important events in the life of the church spanning almost 2,000 years, in early May...

The Catholic bishop of a diocese at the centre of the Boko Haram insurgency has described Boko Haram as "demonic", and said the militant Islamist group must be fought in the "spiritual realm" as well as in the physical...

Fifteen Franciscan friars continue to live and work in Syria; two of the friars minister in towns controlled by Islamic State forces...

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