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Should Christians regard the Trump presidency with hope or trepidation?

Archbishop Eamon Martin (CNS)

The archbishop’s comments come after a snap election was announced in Northern Ireland

Congolese Bishop Fridolin Ambongo Besungu signs the accord between the opposition and the government of President Joseph Kabila  (CNS)

Under the accord, President Kabila will comply with constitutional provisions barring him from seeking a third term in office

Mgr Hilarion Capucci (Piotr Zygulski/Wiki)

Monsignor Hilarion Capucci had a history of activism linked to Middle East conflicts

Smoke rises from a government-held area of Aleppo, Syria (CNS)

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo asked people to approach the ‘shattered city as if we were coming to the stable in Bethlehem’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican has released the Pontiff’s annual message for the World Day of Peace

Russian Patriarch Kirill attends a blessing ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church in Paris (AP)

Patriarch Kirill led a sanctifying ceremony in the Saint Trinity Church

Pope Francis has an audience with the participants of a pilgrimage of French politicians from the Rhone-Alpes region (AP)

France’s diversity should be regarded as an opportunity to build a better world, Francis said

The owners of Ashers bakery speak after losing their appeal in the ‘gay cake’ case (PA)

The next battlefront for religious freedom

Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populists

Money can be used to help those in places like southern Africa which are experiencing drought (AP)

The leaders said that additional funding will help respond to crises ‘that don’t make the headlines’