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Pope Francis with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi (CNS)

Lionel Messi to play for the Pope

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

A Christian woman who fled with her children from the violence in Mosul, Iraq (CNS)

Faithful in Iraq told to ‘convert, pay or die’ by Islamic State militants

Pope Leo XIII crafted Latin riddles for Roman magazine (CNS)

Leo XIII created lengthy riddles, known as “charades,” which were published anonymously in a Rome newspaper

Women and children stand near their destroyed house in a village in Central African Republic (CNS)

9,000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui

An Iraqi Christian woman fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul sits inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS) Below: Our cartoon b y Christian Adams

Islamic State group threaten to kill any Christians who did not convert to Islam or pay a tax

A Yezidi man walks along a road northwest of Baghdad (AP)

Bishop says members of monotheistic group older than Judaism are treated little better ‘than a mouse’

Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Giovanni Traettino, the Pentecostal pastor (CNS)

The Pope will travel to Caserta on July 26 and return on July 28

The home page of the Day for Life website

The Pope sent the message ahead of Day for Life this Sunday

Baroness Masham of Ilton speaks against assisted suicide.

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Stratford Caldecott: a 'sure, constant and quiet faith'

Author, theologian and editor hailed as a ‘giant in the Catholic world’