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Demonstrators confront police during a protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela (CNS)

‘We call for political leaders to engage in sincere dialogue,’ says Caracas auxiliary bishop

Pope Francis (AP)

Pontiff calls for prayers ahead of meeting of bishops in October

Civilians displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (CNS)

Young people forced to become child soldiers, say bishops

Cardinal Pell, centre, was named prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in February (CNS)

Archbishop of Sydney to oversee all financial operations of the Holy See

Francis celebrates Mass with the new cardinals on sunday (AP)

Pope advises cardinals to avoid ‘intrigue, gossip, cliques, favouritism and preference’

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri received the red hat on Saturday (AP)

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri says he has received responses from 80 per cent of world’s bishops’ conferences

Cardinal Nichols receives the red hat (Catholicnews.org)

Benedict XVI makes surprise first joint appearance with Francis at a liturgical ceremony

A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Below: Cardinals-designate Vincent Nichols of Westminster and Leopoldo Brenes Solorzano of Managua, Nicaragua (CNS)

Francis opens two-day meeting of the world’s cardinals at the Vatican

Japanese women bow in prayer (CNS)

Japanese Catholics make up less than one percent of the country’s population