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'Europe has abandoned traditional morality, by and large, while other places have kept it' (CNS)

Responses to Pew Foundation survey suggests huge differences in opinion on moral questions between Catholics from different continents

People pray next to caskets containing the bodies of two men killed by sectarian violence in in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

‘Politicians must not wait until situations get out of hand,’ say bishops in statement

Thousands of internally displaced people take refuge at a Catholic church in Malakal, South Sudan earlier this year (CNS)

‘We are disheartened by the tendency of our leaders to use war and violence,’ say Church officials in statement

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Zimbabwean women collect food aid from a distribution point in Mutawatawa (CNS)

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference describe ‘water and power cuts and shortage of medicines’ in pastoral letter

Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

A server leads a procession out of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui in the Central African Republic. The cathedral’s rector was abducted in April (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic

A Somali refugee girl waits for her turn to collect water at a refugee camp in Kenya (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

Benedict XVI tells pilgrims that Jesus was setting an example when he miraculously multiplied loaves and fishes

Benedict XVI’s forthcoming trip to Benin will be his second to Africa

Dead cattle in Kenya: more than 10 million people are affected by the drought (AP Photo/ Sayyid Azim)

How to ease famine in Africa

Handing out money or food vouches will stop people starving and boost businesses at the same time