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Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt, Vatican nuncio to the United Nations, celebrates a Mass for a peace in Syria at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (CNS)

Archbishop Francis A Chullikatt urges a “cessation, not an escalation of violence” in war-torn country

Italian Archbishop Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's newly appointed secretary of state (CNS)

Archbishop Pietro Parolin says Pope Francis has created “diplomatic momentum”

Pope Francis greets the crowd after praying the Angelus (CNS)

Pope Francis has urged Catholics to say “no’ to violence

Teachers from southern Mexico camp in Zocalo Square (Photo: CNS)

Mass attendance falls and cardinal stays away as teachers take over central square

The Pope presides at the prayer vigil for Syria (AP)

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square

Anna Romano (Photo: Nick Pisa)

She had written an anguished letter to Francis after her boyfriend demanded she have an abortion

People embrace while standing next to the coffin of a victim of the train derailment in San Pedro  (CNS)

State government said theft of railway parts weakened the tracks and caused the derailment

Syrians wait to cross the border into Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal McCarrick says he is ‘not in favour of going to war to make peace’

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia, Vladimir Putin and Francois Hollande (Photo: PA)

In a letter Pope Francis asks G20 leaders to give up ‘futile’ idea of military intervention

Father Vincent R. Capodanno (CNS)

Archbishop Timothy P Broglio said that Father Vincent Capodanno, who died in Vietnam Sept. 4,1967, was one of the “great priest chaplains”