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Members of the Philippines military carry bodies of their colleagues who died in deadly clashes with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (CNS)

A 12-hour gun fight between Islamic rebels and government troops took place earlier this week

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes comments during Mass at his residence in the Vatican

Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs meet in Bkerke, Lebanon (CNS)

The ecumenical meeting comes after clashes between the Lebanese army and Syria-based militants

Fr Richard McBrien (CNS)

The prolific academic and author has passed away at the age of 78

Smoke billows from a truck during a protest  against Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou's attendance at the Paris rally for Charlie Hebdo (CNS)

‘We’re still trying to understand the savagery which erupted here,’ says Archbishop Michel Cartateguy

Francis walks past members of the Roman Rota at the start of the Vatican's judicial year (AP)

Pontiff addresses members of the Roman Rota at start of the Vatican’s judicial year

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis prays for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (PA)

The offence of blasphemy was first introduced in Ireland in 1937

March for Life participants make their to the US Supreme Court in 2012 (CNS)

March for Life set for Washington return

‘The biggest human rights rally in the world’ marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the case of Roe vs Wade

Pope Francis talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Vatican in 2013 (CNS)

President Morales tells his people they must start preparing for a visit from Francis