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Pope Francis appeals for peace in Egypt

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carry a protester injured during clashes with riot police and the army in Cairo (PA)

Pontiff prays for victims after violent crackdown in Cairo

Attacks on Christians in Central African Republic must stop, says priest

Children walk along a street in the town of Ndele, Central African Republic (PA)

Carmelite Father Aurelio Gazzera says Islamists have “reserved bloodiest treatment for Catholic catechists”

Bishop issues rules for funerals to stop ‘dumbing down’ of Mass

A parish priest in Brooklyn, New York, sprinkles holy water on the casket of Bishop Octavio Cisneros (Photo: CNS)

Bishop of Meath, Ireland, clarifies that eulogies should never be part of a funeral Mass

Pope Francis welcomes Argentine and Italian football stars to the Vatican

Pope Francis receives a gift from Italy's Gianluigi Buffon, and Argentina's Lionel Messi at the Vatican (CNS)

Lionel Messi hails “one of the most special days of my life”

Parents must teach children to defend life, says Pope

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach during WYD (AP)

Francis writes message to people joining in the Brazilian Catholic Church’s celebration of Family Week