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Pope Francis holds a cake he received from a newly married couple during his weekly audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican today (CNS)

In his general audience, Francis continued his series of talks about the family in anticipation of September’s celebration of the World Meeting of Families

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York delivers his homily during Mass at the Steubenville youth conference (CNS)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan was speaking to nearly 2,000 young people at a Steubenville youth conference in New York

Afghan children are seen in late May at a temporary shelter in an internally displaced persons camp on the outskirts of Balkh province, Afghanistan (CNS)

Pope Francis has chosen ‘Overcome indifference and win peace’ as the theme for the Church’s celebration on January 1

Fire damage at the Benedictine Church of the Multiplication in  Tabgha (CNS)

Rabbi Gopstein, who heads the Jewish anti-assimilation movement Lehava, said in early August that ‘churches and mosques could be burned’

The lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address (CNS)

During the papal visit to the US, Francis will visit Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families

The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Lebanon (PA)

The Syrian Observatory on Human Rights has reported a group of elderly Christians kidnapped by Islamists in February have been freed

An Assyrian woman prays for abducted Christians at a church in Damascus (CNS)

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Members of the Boy Scouts of America at a ceremony (PA)

Bishop David Kagan of Bismarck has written to parishes, schools and other institutions

Cardinal Dolan (CNS)

The pilgrims from the US arrived for the eight-day visit to the Marian shrine in County Mayo on Sunday