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Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives to lead his general audience on August 10 (CNS)

The Pontiff told the faithful that Christians must demonstrate to the world how to display acts of mercy towards others

Pope Francis at the Franciscan Sanctuary of Greccio on his previous surprise visit to the region (AP)

Pope Francis surprised nuns with the spontaneous visit to two convents north of Rome

Democratic vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine speaks at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina (AP)

The Vatican may need to step in and rebuke Hillary Clinton’s pro-abortion running mate

A Syrian fighter sits next to two food containers and a mirror in Douma, Syria  (CNS)

Pope Francis was speaking after the recitation of the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

The Refugee Olympic Team arrives during the opening ceremony for Rio 2016 (AP)

The 2016 Summer Games in Rio marks the first time a refugee team has officially participated in the Olympics

A photo of Fr Hamel is displayed during his funeral Mass at Rouen cathedral (AP)

It is futile to deny that ISIS can legitimately claim to be Islamic – even if it is out of sync with mainstream Islam

Pope Francis in Krakow, at the conclusion of his five-day in Poland last month. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

The role of the traditional parish church fiercely defended by Pope Francis

Secretaries are often the first point of contact for those interested in the Church

Church secretaries should be a cheery voice at the end of the phone to prevent scaring away callers

Cardinal Marc Ouellet: 'I think that controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable' (CNS)

The cardinal said Amoris Laetitia proposed ‘a new pastoral approach’ which was ‘more dialogical and merciful’

Pope Francis hears Confessions inside St Mary of the Angels Basilica (AP)

Pontiff says that in the Year of Mercy it’s ‘ever clearer that the path of forgiveness can truly renew the Church and the world’