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A nun checks her mobile phone as she lies near a victim laid on a ladder following an earthquake in Amatrice Italy (AP)

The magnitude six earthquake which struck in the early hours of Wednesday has left many dead

Amatrice was one of the areas worst hit by the earthquake (AP)

An Amatrice parish priest described the earthquake as an ‘immense tragedy’

Children hold signs supporting their families' lifestyle at a polygamy rally (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

A Muslim man in Italy has called for legalised polygamy following same-sex marriage. There are plenty of reasons to resist

People gather in front of Milan's Duomo cathedral during a gay rights demonstration prior to a vote to change laws on same-sex unions (AP)

Leader of Muslim group says there is ‘no reason’ for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalised

Pope Francis at the Franciscan Sanctuary of Greccio on his previous surprise visit to the region (AP)

Pope Francis surprised nuns with the spontaneous visit to two convents north of Rome

World Youth Day pilgrims pray as Pope Francis leads benediction during Saturday's prayer vigil (CNS)

The Italian bishops’ conference advised all pilgrims who visited or attended events at its Casa Italia centre to see a doctor

Rescuers works at the scene of a train accident after two commuter trains collided head-on near the town of Andria, Italy (AP)

In a telegram, Francis entrusted the protection of the 23 people killed in the crash in the south of Italy to the Virgin Mary

Pope Francis prays for the bereaved parents of Beau Solomon (PA)

Francis expressed ‘feelings of deepest sympathy and compassion’ to Beau Solomon’s parents

Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi casting her vote (PA)

Virginia Raggi, a member of the protest Five Star Movement, has been elected mayor of Italy’s capital

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of the Italian bishops' conference (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Cardinal Bagnasco said same-sex unions had been put on a par with marriage and the difference was one of vocabulary