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A man holds a religious leaflet showing the priest Jacques Hamel during his funeral mass, outside the Rouen cathedral, Normandy, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Making the murdered French priest a saint will also challenge Catholics to ask themselves, am I prepared to die in God’s service?

Pope Francis censes a statue of Mary during Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku (CNS)

Pontiff celebrates Mass for 300 people in the capital Baku

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (CNS)

Francis meets President Ilham Aliyev at end of three-day trip

'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

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The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Caucasus trip which begins on September 30

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in May (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Acting on Pope Francis’s wishes, a Vatican official is in Cairo to visit al-Azhar University

Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death (AP)

Nadeem James Masih is on the run after allegedly sending the poem to his Muslim friend

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

At the heart of Orthodox division is a disputed understanding of the role of the Patriarch of Constantinople

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AP)

A Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman naked and paraded her through the streets of a village

Ahmed el-Tayeb exchanges gifts with Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis held a private audience with the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim centre