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Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (CNS)

Cardinal Philippe Ouedraogo announced a week of prayers for ‘reconciliation, justice and peace’

An altarpiece showing the souls in purgatory at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Purgatory exists even if we rarely talk about it

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

‘We know there will be a lot of tears,’ says Cardinal Dolan

Lord Sacks, the former chief rabbi of Great Britain (PA photo)

Lord Jonathan Sacks and two Anglican Bishops to attend discussions on traditional marriage

Pope Francis also celebrated Mass at the Verano cemetery in Rome Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope spoke during his general audience on the Feast of All Souls

Maronite bishop prays during Mass at New York cathedral for safety of Orthodox leaders kidnapped in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Mansour said that Jesus was not a ‘passive victim’

Cardinal Tagle speaking to Pope Francis at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal says synod was more than a series of discussions on divorce and gay unions

A woman and children who fled from violence in Nineveh province in Iraq (CNS)

Christian refugees are facing a life-and-death situation in the Nineveh Plain

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Vatican’s UN nuncio makes comments in statement to Security Council

Italian Coast Guard vessels gather at the spot where 366 migrants perished in the 2013 Lampedusa migrant boat disaster (CNS)

Criticism continues for move by European nations to scale down search and rescue