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Pro-life supporters demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court  (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters)

Figures reveal a 14 per cent decline in the number of abortions since 2011

Pope Francis greets the Rev Jens-Martin Kruse of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Rome during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican this week (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope told a delegation of Lutherans that this was a matter of ‘sincere contrition’ for Christians today

Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces,  in Iraq (CNS)

Such a strategy would make Christians a ‘target’ for their enemies, Church leaders have said

President Duterte: 'Please accept, Your Holiness, the assurances of my highest esteem and respect'  (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 19/01/17

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A man is seen in 2012 walking through a Catholic church destroyed during the civil war in Mogadishu, Somalia (CNS)

‘The threat of Islamic extremism is of course always there, but the situation is now relatively safe’, claims local bishop

The wreckage left after a fire destroyed the Malone family home and took with it 6 lives in Baltimore (CNS)

The Malone family lost six of their nine children in the devastating fire

Pope Francis walks near violinists during his general audience (CNS)

At his weekly general audience, Pope Francis reflected upon the importance and power of prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin (CNS)

The archbishop’s comments come after a snap election was announced in Northern Ireland

Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate (CNS)

Bishop Lopes says that a firm resolution to avoid grave sin is necessary before receiving Communion

General view of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy (PA)

Schools in the Italian capital have been evacuated as a precaution