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Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, (CNS)

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are concerned about the growing decline

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington (CNS)

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington told Vatican Radio that discussions have got off to a good start

Pope Francis is a serious contender for the Nobel Peace Prize (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

The winner of the prize will be announced on Friday

Pope Francis poses for a photo with a group of nuns after his weekly general audience (AP)

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Archbishop Gallagher addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

There are currently 50 conflicts worldwide, despite the work of the agency

The cathedral in Guadalajara. The Pope will visit the country next year (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Pope Francis to visit Mexico next year

The troubled country is home to second-largest Catholic population

Canadian Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, Quebec (CNS)

Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau said, where possible, women should be given higher positions in the Church

Pope Francis arrives for the morning session of the synod on Tuesday (CNS)

In a surprise speech to the synod, Francis said the ‘Catholic doctrine on marriage has not been touched or put into question’

Californian Governor Gerry Brown (PA)

California will become the fourth American state to legalise physician assisted-suicide

A Palestinian woman looks out a bus window during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops in Hebron (CNS)

Four Israelis were recently killed in Jerusalem in an apparent act of revenge for the killing of a Palestinian woman at a checkpoint