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Protesters react to police officers firing shots toward them during an anti-government demonstration in late May in Bujumbura, Burundi. (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Darren Posey of Catholic Relief Services said it was time for opposing parties to seek common ground

Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, (CNS)

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are concerned about the growing decline

A mineworker in Chudja, Congo, handles a piece of gold (Photo: CNS)

Extraction of minerals for mobiles and laptops still leading to abuses, say bishops

Members of the Egyptian security services stand guard at the site of a July 16 bomb blast in Cairo (CNS)

Human rights groups have criticised the laws, which prescribe tough penalties against citizens judged to be supporting terrorism

Main square, St. Mary's Basilica seen in nighttime view of Krakow

Auxiliary Bishop Damian Muskus of Krakow, Poland said arranging for young people who might not be able to attend the event would be “our priestly gifts for youngsters in this Year of Mercy”

Catholic Priest in Ukraine (PA)

A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional amendment would ‘seriously threaten’ family life

The outgoing Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski (PA)

The new legislation was signed into law earlier this week by outgoing Polish president

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Poznan, Poland, right, speaking with Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne at last year's synod on the family (CNS)

Polish Church delegates will ‘stick to the understanding of Paul VI and John Paul II’, according to a bishops’ conference spokesman

Cologne Cathedral (CNS)

The German bishops’ have announced that it has changed the Church’s labour laws to reflect ‘multiple changes in legal practice, legislation and society’

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers’ boats