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Francis prays for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (PA)

The offence of blasphemy was first introduced in Ireland in 1937

Muslim women pray outside court in Putrajaya, Malaysia (PA)

The legal dispute began five years ago

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia

Pope Francis speaks at this morning's general audience   in the Paul VI Hall (AP)

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March for Life participants make their to the US Supreme Court in 2012 (CNS)

March for Life set for Washington return

‘The biggest human rights rally in the world’ marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in the case of Roe vs Wade

Bishop Egan is setting up evangelisation teams across his diocese ©Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk

Portsmouth Diocese is recruiting 22 new evangelisation teams

Pope Francis talks with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the Vatican in 2013 (CNS)

President Morales tells his people they must start preparing for a visit from Francis

Pope Francis waves to the crowd in Manila (CNS)

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle has reiterated Francis’s ‘spiritual and missionary message’

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the Islamists