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Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno pictured at the observatory in Rome (CNS)

NASA scientists have confirmed that liquid water flows, at least during the summer months, on the surface of Mars

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience (CNS)

The Pope reviewed his papal visit to Cuba and the US during his general audience in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis (PA)

The Pope wants to invite a deeper reflection on the link between communication and mercy

Protestors gather outside of Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jackson, before the execution of Kelly Gissendaner. (PA)

Kelly Gissendaner was killed by lethal injection yesterday

The 'Global Network of Rainbow Catholics' will be launched before the synod begins this Sunday (AP)

Appeal comes in briefing paper sent to English bishops attending family synod

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis (AP)

The Kentucky county court clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples met Francis during his papal visit

Protesters comfort each before the execution of Kelly Gissendaner in Georgia (AP)

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Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis ‘criticises Rome’s mayor’

Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of Mercy

Francis gestures to inmates in a Philadelphia prison next to the wooden chair they made for his visit (AP)

China’s President Xi Jinping made his own visit to the US last week

Children play football at the Terra Santa School in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Ramle (AP)

The schools were closed to pressure the Israeli government to grant budgeting equality