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A picture of Pope Francis inside Manila Cathedral, where he will celebrate Mass on January 16 (CNS)

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Troops from Cameroon have been sent in to restore order in the country (AP)

Sixteen hostages handed over to Cameroonian troops after being kidnapped last month

Women and children stand near their destroyed house in a village in Central African Republic (CNS)

9,000 people who have found refuge at a seminary in the capital, Bangui

Displaced people seek shelter at a Catholic church in Carnot, Central African Republic. Half of the population still need help, the country's bishops have said (Photo: PA)

Bishops criticise government for failing to turn ‘new page’ in country’s history

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia Below: The bishop's diocesan compound has provided shelter to more than 45,000 people (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Désiré Nongo-Aziagbia had been kidnapped by Seleka Islamists

An African Union soldier clears a barricade put up by protesters following the attack (Photo: PA)

Priest, 76, was among those killed in attack on church in Bangui, Central African Republic

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

People pray next to caskets containing the bodies of two men killed by sectarian violence in in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

‘Politicians must not wait until situations get out of hand,’ say bishops in statement

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres  (CNS)

Antonio Guterres says his agency and others working with migrants can do more

A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.