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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos receives a peace prize in Assisi (AP)

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Discussing the 'Arab Spring', Chaldean Bishop Francis Kalabat said: 'If that is the spring, I'd hate to see the winter' (CNS)

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Auschwitz concentration camp (AP)

In a joint statement, Israel’s religious leaders said extremism ‘desecrates religion’

Choir members arriving to sing at the mourning Mass for Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda (AP)

The honorary Oscar-winner Andrzej Wajda died in hospital at the age of 90 earlier this month

Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, supports tighter abortion controls in Poland (CNS)

Tougher abortion laws in Poland were voted down after 100,000 women staged pro-choice protests

Pope Francis and Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz travel in one of the Volkswagen Golfs (AP)

The vehicles were used to transport the Pontiff during his visit to Poland in July

Blessed Władysław Bukowiński

Cardinal Angelo Amato said Blessed Wladyslaw Bukowinski ‘showed how faith can bring down walls’

The Pope has advised priests to be more understanding in areas such as divorce (CNS)

In a meeting with 28 Jesuit priests, the Pope encouraged clergy to practice ‘spiritual discernment’ when advising those seeking help

Pope Francis waves to young Catholics during World Youth Day (AP)

The Pope says he was encouraged by Polish Catholics’ ‘strong faith’ and ‘unwavering hope’

Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican (AP)

The Pontiff told the faithful that young people today gave ‘strong signs’ of hope and brotherhood in a world plagued with ‘cruelty’