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Pope Francis: 'We join in the pain of the victims and weep for this sin' (AP)

Francis writes to world’s bishops on the feast of the Holy Innocents

How far to compromise? The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing (AP)

Rome’s dangerous gamble in China

Historic talks between Vatican and Beijing could unify the Church in China but critics say a deal with an atheist government would ‘betray Christ’

Uncertain future: a child peers through a gate at Beijing’s Wangfujing Catholic Church (AP)

The Church has faced state interference with bishop appointments long before China – now is not the moment to bow to political pressure

Congolese President Joseph Kabila  (CNS)

The bishops have warned of chaos if government and opposition leaders fail to agree to a timeline for elections

Displaced people are seen outside their shelters in the Congolese village of Karukwat (CNS)

Bishops release statement as opposition groups prepare for mass demonstrations

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo (CNS)

Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles was elected vice president

A woman in San Diego talks through a fence with children in Tijuana, Mexico (CNS)

‘A duty to welcome and protect newcomers, particularly refugees, is an integral part of our mission,’ the bishops said in a statement

People pray during Mass in Qingdao, China (CNS)

Fr Dong Guanhua offered to ordain others without the Pope’s mandate

Cardinal-designate Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis speaks at an October 10 news conference (CNS)

Archbishop John Myers has reached the retirement age of 75

The faithful gather in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The permanent council of the Italian bishops’ conference issued its message for Italy’s pro-life day for 2017