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Christopher, centre, and Regina Catrambone, left, and their daughter Maria Luisa  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

MOAS have launched a new rescue mission to help thousands of Syrians crossing the Aegean sea

The casket of nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee is carried into St Sabina Church (Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tyshawn Lee was killed in alleged gang execution on November 2

The UN will send hundreds of troops to Central African Republic  ahead of next month's elections (AP)

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the war-torn country later this month

Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he exits the Baptistry in Florence (AP)

‘I want a happy Church with the face of a mother, who understands, accompanies, caresses,’ Holy Father tells Italian Catholics

Pope Francis (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

‘Homilies should be the transmission of God’s grace,’ Holy Father says as he ordains new auxiliary bishop of Rome

Abortion law will now be decided by Holyrood  (PA)

LIFE has welcomed the devolution of abortion law

Assyrians protesting in Lebanon after ISIS kidnapped 200 or so Christians. A number of them have now been freed (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

ISIS’s advance comes as terrorist group releases 37 Assyrian Christians

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address on Sunday (AP)

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Pope Francis waves during a private audience with members of Italy's pro-life movements at the Vatican (CNS)

Never tire of defending those ‘who have the right to be born to life’, Francis tells activists

Pope Francis delivers the homily as he celebrates Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)

Pope Francis celebrated Mass today in the chapel of his residence