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Soldiers at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, Mali (AP)

Francis leaves on Wednesday for a six-day trip to Kenya, Uganda and Central African Republic

Peacekeeping troops escort a humanitarian aid convoy in mid-February in Bangui, Central African Republic. (CNS photo/Legnan Koula, EPA)

UN officials say at least five people are dead and thousands have fled a camp for displaced people

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square (AP)

The Pope addressed a special audience in St Peter’s Square to mark the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate

Anti-Balaka fighters pictured in 2014 at a base in the south of Bangui (AP)

Reports suggest an attack on Muslim rebels has led to revenge attacks on Christians in the capital Bangui

An Assyrian Christian girl, holds a candle as she attends Mass marking the traditional Palm Sunday procession at the Assyrian church in east of Beirut, Lebanon,  (AP)

The Barnabas Fund has said Government plans to rescue refugees from camps will lead to Christians being left behind

Pope Francis speaks during Vespers at St Patrick's Cathedral in New York (AP)

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An armed police officer climbs stairs at the hotel where 17 people died in Sevare, Mali, on August 11 (CNS)

Catholic Relief Services worker calls for united effort to combat extremism in the north African country

'In this age of instant communication, Christian letter-writing should be seen as an apostolate' (PA)

Putting forward the Christian point of view in the press and social media will help keep the moral dimension of public debates alive

Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, who died on Saturday (CNS)

Italian Cardinal Biffi dies at 87

Pope Francis said the cardinal guided his flock with ‘zeal and wisdom’

The fall of the Berlin Wall was supposed to mark ‘the end of history’ (AP)

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