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Iraqi Christians pray at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh for the first time in two years (AP)

The bishops were advised to give more attention to attacks on the religious freedom of Christians

Protesters react to police officers firing shots toward them during an anti-government demonstration in late May in Bujumbura, Burundi. (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Darren Posey of Catholic Relief Services said it was time for opposing parties to seek common ground

The US flag flies in front of a mural of Pope Francis in New York City (CNS)

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Syrian refugee children covered with dust arrive at the Jordanian border with Syria (CNS)

Catholics ‘should express openness and welcome to refugees’, says Archbishop Joseph Kurtz

Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin (AP Photo/Stefano Rellandini, Pool)

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Bishop Launay Saturne of Jacmel, Haiti  (CNS/Bob Roller)

‘The teachers are not being paid. The schools are in bad shape,’ says Bishop Launay Saturne

Indian policemen look on as Christians protest against a spate of attacks on churches in New Delhi (AP)

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Pope Francis hugs a child during his meeting with the youth (AP)

Former street child asks Pope why God allows suffering

Palestinian civil defense officers inspect the rubble of a destroyed tower shortly after the ceasefire was announced (CNS)

Catholic agencies are assessing the level of need following the cease-fire

A displaced boy holds a child as he sits on a bench on a 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Bishop says he and three parish priests narrowly escaped being killed by Islamist rebels