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Candidate for the right-wing Les Republicains party primaries and former prime minister, Francois Fillon (AP)

François Fillon has said he ‘will not excuse himself’ for defending family values

Worshippers pray next to a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of the Americas especially revered by Mexicans, during Mass at the St John Paul II Pastoral Center in Gainesville (AP)

The Pope sent a video message to the US bishops’ autumn conference

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory (CNS)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory leads a special task force exploring ways of promoting peace and healing across America

Fr Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, speaks in front of the US Supreme Court at the 2009 March For Life (CNS)

Fr Frank Pavone placed a dead baby on an altar in videos endorsing Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency

A group of Trump supporters (AP)

The failure of both political parties presents Church leaders with a unique opportunity to speak for the concerns of Americans

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings

Donald Trump speaks during a rally (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, said it was ‘too premature to make judgments’ about Trump’s stance on immigration

A young man prays during a novena in 2010 at The Catholic University of America in Washington (CNS)

The novena is designed to help Catholic Americans choose who to vote for according to their conscience

England and Wales Green Party leader Natalie Bennett joins Patrick Harvie and other Scottish Greens on the campaign trail (PA)

Michael McGrath, director of the Scottish Catholic Education Service, said that Green party policy would bring an end to state-funded Catholic education in Scotland

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  (AP)

I’m glad I don’t have a vote in the American election. If I did, I’m pretty sure I would abstain