Israeli fighter jets on Wednesday morning bombed a number of targets in the Gaza Strip, after Palestinian terrorists in the coastal enclave fired a rocket at the southern city of Beersheba that exploded outside a home, causing significant damage but no injuries. “In response to the rockets fired from Gaza at Israel overnight, IDF fighter jets have started attacking terror targets in Gaza,” the army said in a statement early in the morning, refusing to comment on the number and nature of the targets.

Ashers Baking Company’s General Manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy have spoken out about some of the highs and lows of the last four and a half years, following the company’s landmark legal victory. They admitted that the lengthy and highly public nature of the case has taken its toll. But recognising the importance of the case for others and comforted by the knowledge that they hadn’t done anything wrong, the family kept going. Last week the UK Supreme Court ruled that the bakery had not discriminated on grounds of sexual orientation, religious belief or political opinion in declining to decorate a cake with the campaign slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’. Judges unanimously agreed the bakery had objected to the message and not the messenger. Shortly after the dramatic 5-0 ruling, Daniel and Amy spoke to The Christian Institute, eager to share how God and the prayers of many Christians around the world have sustained them.

Pope Francis has praised two of the towering figures of the 20th-century Catholic Church as prophets who shunned wealth and looked out for the poor as he canonised Pope Paul VI and martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. Francis declared the two men saints at a Mass in St Peter's Square before tens of thousands of pilgrims, a handful of presidents and some 5,000 Salvadoran pilgrims. Tens of thousands more Salvadorans stayed up all night at home to watch it on giant TV screens outside the San Salvador cathedral where Archbishop Romero's remains are entombed.