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Pope Francis waves to young Catholics during World Youth Day (AP)

The Pope says he was encouraged by Polish Catholics’ ‘strong faith’ and ‘unwavering hope’

The Obama administration has introduced a number of rules around transgender rights since 2014 (AP)

A number of Republican-led states oppose new rules around transgender rights which could go against some doctors’ religious beliefs

Egyptian Coptic Christians walk through the Coptic Cairo neighbourhood (AP)

Egypt’s state news agency says the attack took place at the Virgin Mary church in Cairo’s western suburb of Nozha

A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Rescuers search for survivors through the rubble of collapsed buildings following an earthquake, in Amatrice (AP)

An Amatrice parish priest described the earthquake as an ‘immense tragedy’

Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley processes into the World Youth Day opening Mass in Krakow (CNS)

New Bishop of Memphis appointed by Pope

Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley of Washington will replace Bishop J Terry Steib

New Mexico Gov Susana Martinez (CNS)

Republican Gov Susana Martinez said she will push for reinstatement during the 2017 legislative session

Pope Francis listens to a confession in St Peter's Basilica (PA)

Francis sent a message to bishops, priests and Church workers attending Italy’s annual week of liturgical studies

Filipino residents in Manila involved with illegal drugs wait to take a pledge that they will not use or sell narcotics after surrendering to police and government officials (CNS)

More than 1,700 suspected drug dealers and users have been killed since the government intensified its anti-illegal drugs drive

President Rodrigo Duterte gestures as he talks during the 115th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police headquarters (AP)

The Church and human rights groups have been alarmed by President Duterte’s violent crackdown on drug crime