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Maronite bishop urges ‘profound defiance’ in face of persecution of Christians

Maronite bishop prays during Mass at New York cathedral for safety of Orthodox leaders kidnapped in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Mansour said that Jesus was not a ‘passive victim’

Cardinal Tagle: Poverty was one of the synod’s major concerns

Cardinal Tagle speaking to Pope Francis at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal says synod was more than a series of discussions on divorce and gay unions

UN must act to prevent genocide of Christians, says nuncio

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Vatican’s UN nuncio makes comments in statement to Security Council

The devil is real and he must be fought, says Pope

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope discusses the devil in morning homily at Domus Sanctae Marthae

American university criticised for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers

Archbishop George Lucas

The Archbishop of Omaha has expressed his disappointment

Mexican Church responds in case of missing students

Relatives of 43 missing students celebrate Mass in Chilpancingo, Mexico (CNS)

Archdiocese of Mexico City calls for a ‘reconstruction of the country’ in response to the disappearance of 43 trainee teachers

Pope says official exorcists show Church’s love for the suffering

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis also says Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate God’s existence

Muslim leaders from around the world issue ISIS rebuke

A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS)

More than 100 representatives sign open letter that quotes from the Quran

Cardinal Pell calls for ‘no doctrinal back-flips’ at next family synod

Cardinal George Pell Below: Cardinal Vincent Nichols (CNS)

Cardinal Nichols says family synod called faithful ‘to walk alongside people in difficult situations’

Family unity endangered by culture of conflict, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday (CNS)

Francis spoke to 8,000 lay members of the international Schonstatt movement