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Faithful pray at a Mass in Xiliulin, China (Photo: CNS)

China proposal to the Holy See offers hopes of breakthrough

Iraqi children who fled their village with their family rest near their car at a Kurdish checkpoint, in the Khazer area between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil, northern Iraq, Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Vatican is right to support US airstrikes against the Islamic State

Secretary of state Cardinal Pietro Parolin sent the message to embassies (CNS)

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A Christian woman who fled with her children from the violence in Mosul, Iraq (CNS)

Faithful in Iraq told to ‘convert, pay or die’ by Islamic State militants

Jean-Baptise de Franssu (left), the new president of the Vatican bank, with outgoing president Ernst Von Freyberg Below: Cardinal Pell talking about Vatican finances (CNS)

Cardinal George Pell says Vatican must become ‘model of financial management’

The Vatican bank's headquarters in the Bastion of Nicholas V at the Vatican (CNS)

Summary of figures released by Vatican press office earlier today

Archbishop Tomasi shakes hands with Claudio Grossmann, chairman of the UN Committee against Torture during a hearing in Geneva on May 5 (AP)

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Argentine Archbishop José Luis Mollaghan

Argentine Archbishop José Luis Mollaghan is appointed to new commission

Pope Francis will address the heads of the UN’s agencies amid claims that UN committees are unfairly targeting the Catholic Church   (PA)

Pope expected to urge UN to focus on its founding mission after ‘surreal’ questioning of Church record on torture

Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

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