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One of the placards displayed at the Mass

The group expressed their strong opposition to senseless violence

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Nigerian bishops' conference (CNS/Simon Caldwell)

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Pope Francis at the Canonisation Mass in Colombo for St Joseph Vaz (PA)

Thousands see Sri Lanka’s first saint canonised by Pope Francis in Colombo

Wind blows Pope Francis' mantle as he delivers his speech at Colombo's International airport (PA)

The Pope was speaking shortly after arriving at Colombo airport this morning

A Hindu priest gives a shawl to the Pope during an interfaith meeting in Sri Lanka (PA)

Francis was speaking at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall during the first day of his papal visit

A North Korean defector prays in Seoul (CNS)

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era

Archbishop Eamon Martin (PA)

Archbishop Eamon Martin says says Church will put forward ‘a robust defence of the right to life’

Coptic Christian Samir Mujeed weeps as he holds a photo of his 23-year-old son, Girgis Samir, who was abducted in Libya (PA)

Photos of alleged captives posted on Islamist internet forum

Pope Francis walks past Sri Lankan dancers upon his  arrival in Colombo (PA)

Pope Francis begins papal visit with speech delivered in English at Colombo airport

Archbishop Kaigama (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on the international community to help stop the Islamist advance in Nigeria