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Amatrice was one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake (AP)

A state funeral will be held in one of the areas worst hit by the Italian earthquake after residents rebelled against the Government’s original plans

Durant police surround Rodney Earl Sanders after his initial appearance in municipal court where he was charged with two counts of capital murder in the slayings of Sisters Margaret Held and Paula Merrill (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

The nuns’ order has said it opposes the death penalty and said the sisters’ murders do ‘not demand revenge’

Boston Auxiliary Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O'Connell

Bishops Robert Reed and Mark O’Connell were ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston

Fr Ignatius Spencer, who is related to the Royal Family, is on the path to sainthood

The Vatican has taken a key step along the road to declaring an English aristocrat related to Princes William and Harry to be a saint

Patriarch Sako: the US must 'help Iraq get out of the serious situation in which it finds itself' (AP)

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Sister Margaret Held, 68, a member of the School Sisters of St Francis in Milwaukee, and Sister Paula Merrill, 68, a member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky (CNS)

A man has been charged with two counts of capital murder in the killing of Sister Margaret Held and Sister Paula Merrill

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, meet Pope Francis (AP)

Pair discuss ‘how to use communication technologies to alleviate poverty’

A woman is carried to an ambulance in front of the church in Medan, North Sumatra (AP)

Indonesian police say the congregation restrained the 18-year-old assailant

Pope Francis reflected on 'the value of humility' during his Angelus address (AP)

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Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington greets members of the Little Sisters of the Poor earlier this year (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard) See FORTNIGHT-CLOSING-MASS July 5, 2016.

The sisters cited a decrease in sufficient vocations as the reason for their departure