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Pope Francis talks President Joseph Kabila  at the Vatican (AP)

Going against protocol, the Pope waited in his library for President Joseph Kabila

Burnt out cars are seen outside a government building, following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon (AP)

Pope prays for victims of Gabon violence

The Pope called on Catholics in the African country to be ‘builders of peace’

There are around 1.2 billion Catholics in the world today; by 2050 it may be 1.6 billion (CNS)

Catholicism’s incredible growth story

Critics keep announcing the Church’s imminent demise. If only they realised that numbers have doubled since 1970 – and are still rising

A man holds a leaflet showing Fr Jacques Hamel during the funeral Mass outside Rouen cathedral (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Aid to the Church in Need is launching a campaign to support the training of 1,000 new priests

Schoolchildren queueing for their lunch in Malawi (Chris Watt)

Mary’s Meals seeks funding in order to continue to provide meals for schoolchildren in the African country

South Sudanese rebel soldiers  at a military camp in April (AP)

The cardinal and Bishop Kenney have appealed for peace and humanitarian assistance for the troubled country

The wife of the injured editor blames the Lesotho army for the shooting, according to Amnesty International (PA)

The Church in Lesotho has recorded a rise in the ‘alarming’ number of human rights abuses by the government

Refugees wait for food rations from the United Nations in early February at a camp in Mwanza, Malawi (CNS)

Bishops ask for more foreign aid to support the African nation’s 6.5 million people in need of food

South Sudanese rebel soldiers  at a military camp in April (AP)

More than 50 people were killed in a battle between government forces and a new rebel group

Looters climb on the roofs of shops during protests in Pretoria, South Africa. (CNS)

The South African Council of Churches has criticised the country’s politicians for inciting violence in the lead up to the coming election