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The Hague, the formal headquarters of the ICC (Vincent van Zeijst)

Church leaders have urged the South African government to reconsider their decision to leave the International Criminal Court

Nebraska's lethal injection chamber at the State Penitentiary in 2010 (AP)

Bishops in Nebraska have urged voters to maintain the repeal of the death penalty in an upcoming vote

Archbishop Salvatore J Cordileone of San Francisco was saddened by the decision (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Sulpicians will completely withdraw from St Patrick’s Seminary & University at the end of the academic year

The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017

The Irish flag is seen in late March on top of the General Post Office in Dublin (CNS)

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

A young man prays during a novena in 2010 at The Catholic University of America in Washington (CNS)

The novena is designed to help Catholic Americans choose who to vote for according to their conscience

Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, new superior general of the Jesuits, Pope Francis and Fr Orlando Torres, secretary of the Jesuits' 36th general congregation (CNS)

The Pope addressed 200 Jesuits at the order’s general congregation

Mgr Guido Marini, papal master of ceremonies, assists Pope Francis during a Marian vigil in St. Peter's Square (CNS)

Mgr Guido Marini said it can be better to wait rather than provoking more conflict

An improvised explosive device, reportedly planted by ISIS, explodes in front of Iraqi special forces vehicles near Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups

Pope Francis greets a girl holding a stuffed animal during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).

Feeding the hungry is an ethical imperative, the Pope told his General Audience today