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A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (left), Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar mosque, and Archbishop Georg Gaenswein at the Vatican (CNS)

The way to counter terrorists’ hatred is with education and dialogue, Cardinal Tauran has said

Pope Francis met 20 women who had been ‘liberated from the slavery of the prostitution racket’ (AP)

Visit was one of the Pontiff’s ‘Mercy Friday’ trips marking the Year of Mercy

Pope Francis looks at a collection of drawings by the children of the refugees (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pope gave toys and gifts to the children, while they showed him a collection of their drawings

The Refugee Olympic Team arrives during the opening ceremony for Rio 2016 (AP)

The 2016 Summer Games in Rio marks the first time a refugee team has officially participated in the Olympics

Pope Francis greets the faithful at weekly general audience (AP)

Pope Francis tells general audience that the Olympics brings down barriers between people from different backgrounds

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope named Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to serve as president of the commission

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople speaking ahead of the Pan-Orthodox Council (CNS)

The leaders said they hoped the Pan-Orthodox Council would become a regular event, taking place ‘every seven to 10 years’

Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II release doves at the Khor Virap monastery (CNS)

Pope Francis and Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Karekin II issue a joint declaration

Pope Francis, flanked by Catholicos Karekin II, arrives to celebrate Mass in Vartanants Square in Gyumri (AP)

Holy Father says Catholics and Armenian Orthodox Christians should ‘race toward our full communion’