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Sheik Ahmed el-Tayyib, left, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Mosque, exchange gifts with Pope Francis during a private audience in the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican (Max Rossi/Pool photo via AP)

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

Nigerian Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah is in New York raising awareness about the plight of Nigerian Christians

President Xi Jinping  (AP)

Over the past two years authorities in China have torn down church crosses and other outward symbols of the Christian faith

The bell tower of St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox church and the minaret of the adjacent Kateb Welaya mosque in Gaza City (AP)

Increasing numbers of Muslim refugees are seeking reception into the Church.

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna (PA)

In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports

An Argentine flag waves in St Peter's Square during Pope Francis's inauguration in 2013 (AP)

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Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company, arrive at Belfast County Court (PA)

Peter Tatchell has said that the lawsuit against Ashers bakery was a ‘step too far’

Nuns holding the Vatican and Benin's national flags kneel as they wait to greet Pope Benedict XVI after his visit at the cathedral of Cotonou in the Africa's western coast country of Benin in 2011 (AP)

What Africa can teach Francis

His Holiness would do well to listen and learn from the African Church, whose religious experience is arguably more authentic than that of the West

An African Union soldier patrols as people prepare to be evacuated  near Bangui, Central African Republic, last year (CNS)

Pope Francis will visit Central African Republic, Kenya and Uganda in late November

The replica of the Shroud of Turin

Barrie Schwortz, a leading expert on the Shroud, spoke at the event