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Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

The bishop was beatified on Saturday

Bishop Melki was beheaded a century ago for refusing to convert

An armed police officer climbs stairs at the hotel where 17 people died in Sevare, Mali, on August 11 (CNS)

Catholic Relief Services worker calls for united effort to combat extremism in the north African country

Bring Back Our Girls campaigners in Abuja raise candles during a gathering on August 27 to mark the 500th day that more than 200 girls of the Government Secondary School were abducted by Boko Haram  (CNS)

Cardinal Onaiyekan said he hoped the 500 day event would be a ‘symbolic catalyst’ for stirring the Nigerian community

Guatemalan demonstrators call for resignation of their president (CNS)

President Otto Perez Molina insists he will remain in office

Bishop Nicholas Holtam, Church of England bishop for the environment

CoE Bishop Nicholas Holtam urges fellow Christians to get behind the pope’s World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Bishop Philip Egan said the ‘alert’ is for everyone in the diocese to help put Laudato Si into action

The grounds of Ampleforth Abbey, North Yorkshire. Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The Manquehue Movement, a community inspired by the Rule of St Benedict, commit to two-year stay at the abbey

St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Doctors, activists, clergy and academics will gather for a medical conference in Rome to look at the role of conscience in healthcare for mothers

Cuban political dissidets in Havana (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis is due to visit Cuba in September – but group’s opposing the government have concerns