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The joining of parishes leaves the future of the daily Mass in question (AP)

The faithful who attend the daily Mass service are often the backbone of the congregation

Pope Francis talks to journalists during an in-flight press conference (AP)

In his prayer intentions for October, the Pope asks for prayers for journalists and World Mission Day

Pope Francis in Amatrice, Italy (L'Osservatore Romano/AP)

Pope Francis visited Amatrice, in central Italy, on Tuesday morning

Pope Francis prays during a prayer vigil on the occasion of the World Youth Day (AP)

In his latest monthly message, Francis asks the faithful to ‘contribute to the common good’

Pope Francis greets Missionaries of Charity Sister Mary Sally during an audience in St Peter's Square (CNS)

The Pontiff spoke at a special audience for people engaged in the works of mercy ahead of Mother Teresa’s canonisation

People pray the rosary (CNS)

Offering a daily rosary and initiating Muslim-Catholic dialogue are two necessary responses to the Islamist threat

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Novak Djokovic and Usain Bolt are among the Christian athletes competing this month

Pope Francis blesses a woman during an audience with people living in difficult situations from Lyon, France (CNS)

Addressing a crowd of homeless and impoverished pilgrims from France, the Pope instructed believers to pray for those who lack compassion

Pope Francis prays for the bereaved parents of Beau Solomon (PA)

Francis expressed ‘feelings of deepest sympathy and compassion’ to Beau Solomon’s parents

Pope Francis leaves in procession after celebrating Mass with new archbishops from around the world in St Peter's Basilica (CNS)

Pope Francis addressed bishops at a feast day Mass at St Peter’s Basilica