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Smoke billows from a truck during a protest  against Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou's attendance at the Paris rally for Charlie Hebdo (CNS)

‘We’re still trying to understand the savagery which erupted here,’ says Archbishop Michel Cartateguy

Refugees sit outside St Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in Ankawa, Iraq (CNS)

Pope highlights plight of persecuted Christians in homily for Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

A French soldier stands guard outside St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari, Central African Republic (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia says that the Pope ‘responded positively’ to an invitation from the country’s bishops’ conference

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI audience hall (PA)

Pope says it gave him ‘consolation and hope’ to see so many large families during papal visit to South Asia

An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

Pope Francis releases a dove in Madhu (PA)

Pope Francis was speaking at the the Church of Our Lady of Madhu in Sri Lanka

A detail from St Francis in Prayer by Caravaggio

St Francis was not above the magisterial teachings of the Church – and neither is the Pope

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

Cardinal-designate Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar

Burmese Buddhist nationalists have been targeting Muslim groups

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem in Bethlehem (CNS)

Lt Muath Kasasbeh is the first soldier serving with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS to be held by the terrorists