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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

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis presides at Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica

Mass attendance on Holy Days of Obligation seems to have declined (PA)

For the great majority of people tomorrow will be just another Friday and not the great solemnity of All Saints

A hooded penitent in the  Philippines pauses while carrying a cross (AP)

Faithful urged to ‘focus on prayers’ rather than extreme self-mortification

A nun carries the cross during the Via Crucis at the Colosseum in 2011 (AP)

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Cardinal Ennio Antonelli greets the Pope at this morning's audience (AP)

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Pope Benedict leads the Good Friday liturgy (CNS)

Pope leads Good Friday ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica

A scene from Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ (CNS)

The Crucifixion is a historical certainty. So how do atheists explain it?

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