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Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St Peter's Square last weekend (CNS)

We must demand that our moralising, ineffectual political leaders take action

The Pope presides at the prayer vigil for Syria (AP)

An estimated 100,000 people attend peace vigil in St Peter’s Square

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York (CNS)

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Pope Francis waves to the faithful after the Angelus (AP)

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Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia (CNS)

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Pope Francis arrives for yesterday's Mass (AP)

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The US president is stridently anti-life AP Photo/Susan Walsh

‘Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere”, he told an audience

Barack Obama addresses the congregation (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal O’Malley speaks at packed interfaith service at city’s cathedral

Obama holds a pocket stole that belonged to Fr Emil Kapaun (Photo: CNS)

Obama calls Fr Emil Kapaun a ‘shepherd in combat boots’ who came from the greatest generation of Americans

An unmanned drone flies over Afghanistan (Photo: PA)

Mark Shea says the Obama administration’s lawless drone campaign is claiming innocent lives