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Rescue workers inspect the scene where  the lorry crashed into a Christmas market in Berlin (CNS)

The German Bishops’ Conference has called for a ‘Day of Prayer for Harassed and Persecuted Christians’, scheduled for December 26

Pope Francis, standing, leads a prayer service in the Basilica of St Francis (AP)

Christians are called to contemplate Christ in ‘the voice of the suffering’, the Pope said

Pope Francis greets participants in a day of prayer for peace in Assisi (AP)

The Pope will address the gathering in Assisi and lead prayers for victims of war

Pope Francis speaks to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis will pray for peace with leaders of other religions in the Italian town on Tuesday

Burnt out cars are seen outside a government building, following an election protest in Libreville, Gabon (AP)

Pope prays for victims of Gabon violence

The Pope called on Catholics in the African country to be ‘builders of peace’

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope offered prayers for Sister Isabel Sola Matas during the canonisation Mass for Mother Teresa

People carry a victim's coffin as they attend funeral services for victims of the suicide bombing in Gaziantep (AP)

A suicide bomber killed 51 people at a Kurdish wedding party on Saturday

A picture showing Medhat Michael, one of the victims of EgyptAir flight 804, is seen during prayers for the departed at Al-Boutrossiya Church, the main Coptic Cathedral complex, in Cairo, Egypt (AP)

A telegram was sent on the Pope’s behalf to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi

People hug at a vigil after six people were killed in a random shooting in Kalamazoo (CNS)

Six people were killed and two others were injured by a gunman in the western Michigan city

Emergency rescue workers continue to search the rubble of a collapsed building complex in Tainan (AP)

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the city of Tainan on Saturday