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GK Chesterton: He converted to Catholicism in the 1920s and wrote several religious works

Saint GK Chesterton? Bishop begins preliminary tests for canonisation of writer

Room for more than one ‘good book’ as the writer is advanced for his ‘lay spirituality’

Pope Francis has taken to making personal calls to individuals

Francis’s calls to the masses (was it on the Pope mobile?)

You’d be forgiven for hanging up if someone called your landline and announced, “It’s the Pope”.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien prevented inquiry into sexual abuse

Analysis was halted when he withdrew support - a year before resigning over his own inappropriate sexual conduct

‘David Cameron is stupid and inefficient’: Argentinian ambassador to UK launches shocking attack on Prime Minister over Pope’s stance on Falkands

Alicia Castro made the controversial comments during a speech to the Argentine senate

Pope Francis with his predecessor Pope Emeritus

'God told me to do it': Is this a clue to why Pope Benedict XVI resigned?

Comments contrast with the explanation he gave to cardinals when he announced his resignation

Ardal O'Hanlon at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Edinburgh 2013: Ardal O'Hanlon - A 47-year-old little boy lost

Ardal O'Hanlon closes his show on a sweet and poignant note as he confesses: "I don't have a big finish. I've never been one for 'fireworks' like some comedians." Having described stand-up as the best way to make sense of the world, it's understandable if the 47-year old little boy lost feels a little deflated in not making the most of it and flatlining. 

In July members of the largely evangelical protestant church took to Port-au-Prince's streets in opposition to discussions around the subject of gay marriage.

Gay British man attacked in Haiti at his engagement celebration

The gay and lesbian community is often too afraid to report rights violations

American pop artist and film maker Andy Warhol

Still plugged in: Andy Warhol's grave livestreamed to mark pop artist's 85th birthday

Andy Warhol was undoubtedly an exponent of experimental and boundary-pushing art forms. But it is impossible to know what his opinion might have been of an unusual venture set up to celebrate his 85 birthday: a live webcam feed from his grave.

Pope Francis during a press conference on the flight back to Italy after his departure from Rio de Janeiro

'Who am I to judge gay people?' Pope Francis marks shift in Catholic attitude to homosexuality on Brazil trip

'If someone is gay and is looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him? You should not discriminate against or marginalise these people, and the Catechism says this as well'

Pope Francis ends first foreign trip with mass for crowd of three million people at Copacabana Beach

Overnight pilgrims camped out on the famous stretch of beach ahead of a Mass to be celebrated there later on Sunday

The 'bread tank' in Rio highlights the need for funding towards anti poverty projects and not military ones

Bread tank appears in Rio de Janeiro

A bread tank has been installed in Rio de Janeiro in order to raise awareness of the fight against poverty.

Pope Francis receives a warm welcome as he visits the Varginha slum

Humble Pope Francis's visit to a Rio slum gives residents fresh hope

‘It’s important the Pope is coming… hopefully things will get better’

Pope Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil

The Pope in Brazil: Francis tells Catholics to resist “idols” of money, power, pleasure

Thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida to greet their fellow South American

Vatican announces Monsignor Leo Cushley as replacement for disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien

The 52-year-old will be ordained as Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh in September

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