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Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Pope Francis to visit Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Asia Bibi

Church to appeal Asia Bibi death penalty

Pakistani Christian sentenced to death on a blasphemy charge

Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Pope Francis says situation of Christians in Middle East is ‘very close to my heart’

Pope Francis shares a word with Cardinal Nichols during the synod  (AP)

Cardinal Nichols urges faithful to ‘believe Francis’s own words’ at the end of the synod

Liberia has been devastated by the disease (CNS photo/Reuters handout via Ministry of Defense)

Prelate says whole families are being destroyed by the virus

Pope Francis leaves St Peter's Square after the beatification Mass (AP)

Two-week extraordinary synod of bishops ends with beatification Mass

Pope Francis enters the synod hall on Saturday afternoon (AP)

Church must resist temptation both ‘to bow down to a worldly spirit’ and adopt a ‘hostile inflexibility’

Francis speaks to synod participants on Saturday morning (AP)

Francis gives speech criticising extremism both in defence of tradition and pursuit of progress

The synod of bishops in session on Saturday morning (CNS)

‘Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone,’ say bishops

The synod fathers attending a session of the family synod (AP)

Synod Fathers urge faithful to ‘walk with us towards the next synod’ in 2015