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Archbishop George Lucas lead the calls for parents to fight the initiative  (CNS photo/Joe Ruff, Catholic Voice)

Nebraska’s bishops have called on parents to ask the local school board to reverse its ruling on ‘transgender participation’

Pope Francis greeting crowds in Paul VI hall at the Vatican (CNS)

In a morning Mass homily, Francis reflected on Samuel’s anointing of David as king of Israel

A pro-ISIS demonstration in Mosul (PA)

The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue spoke at the inaugural Arab Thinkers’ Forum

Pope Francis with Imam Tidjani of the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui, Central African Republic (AP)

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Bishop Patrick Lynch with Richard Harrington MP (http://www.catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Patrick Lynch met with Richard Harrington MP on Monday

Iraqi refugees who fled from Tikrit and other towns after the advance of ISIS pictured at a camp for displaced Iraqis outside Baghdad last year (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

A new report says ISIS is guilty of committing war crimes and ‘possibly genocide’ against the people of Iraq

Mgr Nunzio Scarano (AP)

Mgr Nunzio Scarano was found not guilty of involvement in a huge tax evasion plot

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

The Pope and the Prince discussed global issues including the migrant crisis and the Middle East

A pro-life demonstration in San Francisco in 2015 (CNS)

US abortion numbers fall, says report

The State of Abortion in America report has been published by the National Right to Life Committee

Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

Cardinal Dolan has called on the US faithful to participate in a ‘9 Days for Life’ campaign