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French peacekeeping soldiers patrol the city of Bangui, Central African Republic (AP)

Pope Francis will arrive in Kenya today at the start of his three-country tour of Africa

Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Christians not to remain "prisoners of the past" (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey

Fr Federico Lombardi has been in charge of the Holy See Press Office since 2006 (AP)

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A ruined church in Syria  (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Ten Assyrian Christians released by ISIS

The group are in good health after release negotiaited by church

Pope Francis boards his plane at Rome's Fiumicino International Airport this morning (PA)

Pope Francis sets off for Africa

The Pontiff’s flight for Kenya left Rome this morning

Pope Francis named Mgr Steven Lopes to be the first bishop of the Catholic Church's US ordinariate (CNS)

Announcement of Mgr Steven Lopes’s appointment made today

Archbishop Kevin McDonald (Mazur/

The prayer was revised by Benedict XVI in 2008 after he permitted wider celebration of Mass in the Extraordinary Form

People take pictures with mobile phones and tablets as Pope Francis arrives  (CNS)

The Pope held a question and answer at a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Christian Education

The Eiffel Tower pictured at sunset (CNS)

A major UN summit on climate change is scheduled to take place in the French capital at the end of the month

Dorothy Day's granddaughter Martha Hennessy (CNS)

Martha Hennessy says her grandmother’s legacy is still relevant today