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The Refugee Olympic Team arrives during the opening ceremony for Rio 2016 (AP)

The 2016 Summer Games in Rio marks the first time a refugee team has officially participated in the Olympics

Former Brazilian volleyball player Isabel Barroso holds the Olympic torch next to the statue as Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes and Cardinal Orani Tempesta look on (CNS)

‘This is the moment to make our country and our world safer,’ Cardinal Orani Tempesta said

Young people from Portugal at a concert in Warsaw for WYD 2016 pilgrims (AP)

After hearing the testimonies of friends who went to Rio in 2013, I was adamant that I would make the somewhat shorter journey to Krakow

Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto

The Archbishop of Paraiba said he made the mistake of being too trusting

Copacabana beach in Brazil (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)

Priests and nuns have warned the public about the dangers of trafficking during the event

Women religious celebrate Mass in front of the tomb of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (CNS)

Pope Francis will preside over the consistory scheduled for March 15

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, right, at the 2014 family synod (CNS)

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Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on the anniversary of his enthronement on February 1 (AP)

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Cassiana Severino holds her daughter Melisa Vitoria, born with microcephaly at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Brazil talks of ‘a huge national mobilisation’ against the mosquito but this is likely to remain but a dream as the government has repeatedly failed the governed

Sao Paulo Cardinal Odilo Scherer opens the Door of Mercy (CNS)

North America’s only Holy Door at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Quebec was opened on the weekend