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Jean Dasilva sits next to a makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub as he mourns the loss of his friend Javier Jorge-Reyes  (AP)

Bishop John Noonan led an interfaith prayer service attended by 700 people after the Pulse nightclub massacre

'Orlando' is spelled out in candles at a vigil in Atlanta (AP/David Goldman)

The shooting at a crowded nightclub left 49 people dead and many more injured

A woman in Bayelsa, Nigeria, reads an army poster picturing wanted Boko Haram suspects (CNS)

More than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014

Visitors walk past a men's bathroom at the Statehouse in Boston (AP)

The latest skirmish has revealed the inner contradictions of identity politics

Don DeLillo (AP)

The great American writer’s latest book presents death as deliverance from modern anxiety

Pope Francis (CNS)

Mgr Edward Deliman’s appointment was announced by the apostolic nuncio to the United States

Visitors walk past the US Supreme Court building in Washington (CNS)

The court vacated earlier rulings against two Catholic entities’ legal challenges to the federal contraceptive mandate

A man enters Pfizer's world headquarters, in New York (AP)

Pfizer has said it will restrict the availability of drugs that might be used to make compounds for lethal injections to US government agencies

Jon Rogers, a spokesman for St Frances X Cabrini, walks past a stained glass window at the church (AP)

Protestors had hoped to reverse a decision by the Archdiocese of Boston to close St Frances X Cabrini church

A sign for an all-gender bathroom is displayed at the Naropa University Nalanda Campus in Boulder, Colorado (AP)

The chairmen of two US Catholic bishops’ committees have spoken out after the administration issued a directive last week