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Catholic parish staff and disabled children had ‘nowhere to go’ after Gaza bomb warning

Smoke rises from Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike earlier this week (CNS)

Priest and nuns had to evacuate 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women

Holy Land still safe for pilgrims, says head of US tour operator

Pilgrims stand outside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Conflict between Israel and Hamas has not stopped pilgrimages ‘functioning like normal’

Agency seeks donations for emergency aid for Iraqi Christians

A Christian woman carries a cross during a recent demonstration in Irbil, Iraq (CNS)

International Catholic agency issues plea for emergency funds to help refugees forced to leave Mosul

Pope acknowledges Catholic complicity in persecution of Italian Pentecostals

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to meet Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino (PA) Below: Video of Francis arriving at the church (RomeReports)

Francis visits partially built Pentecostal church in Caserta, southern Italy

Changes in synod process designed to increase discussion, cardinal says

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, with Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (CNS)

Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will be shorter than a usual synod, says cardinal

Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul Christians

Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS)

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

An Iraqi Christian woman fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul sits inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS) Below: Our cartoon b y Christian Adams

Islamic State group threaten to kill any Christians who did not convert to Islam or pay a tax

Vote for women bishops does not create ‘new reality’ for ecumenism, says Vatican official

Archbishop Welby with Pope Francis in June (AP)

Father Anthony Currer says it is significant that change has been implemented by the Church of England

Where does the Vatican store its gold? Financial report reveals all

The main depository for the Vatican's gold is the US Federal Reserve (PA)

Vatican bank also reveals it has €250.7 million invested in external funds

Pope calls for international community to act on ‘humanitarian emergency’ of child migrants

Migrants from Guatemala deported from the US arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City  (CNS)

‘I wish to call attention to the tens of thousands of children that emigrate alone,’ says Francis