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Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham has urged the world's nation to help Syria (CNS)

The region is ‘bleeding’ Christians as large numbers flee Syria and Lebanon

The Vatican said that women were exploited in both the developed and developing world (CNS)

The instrumentum laboris criticises the surrogate culture of ‘wombs for rent’

Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (AP)

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Iraqi children play outside a tent in Ainkawa, near Irbil (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Scola was joined by the Maronite Catholic patriarch on a visit to Irbil

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, presented the document at a press conference today (PA)

The Vatican has released the instrumentum laboris for October’s synod

Mgr Keith Netwon will preside (CNS)

The Chapel of Reconciliation at Walsingham will host a Western, Melkite and Ordinariate Rite Mass on Saturday

Sister Nirmala, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, stands in front of a portrait of Mother Teresa at the headquarters of the order in Calcutta (AP)

Sister Nirmala Joshi led the Missionaries of Charity from 1997 to 2009

Former Home Secretary Charles Clarke (PA)

The Catholic Education Service has said that religious instruction must remain part of Catholic education

'Mexico City approved same-sex marriage in 2009' (CNS)

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed disappointment with the court’s decree

Pope Francis shakes hands with Pastor Eugenio Bernardini during the first ever visit of a pope to a Waldensian evangelical church (PA)

Francis has become the first pope in history to visit a Waldensian evangelical church