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Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando (AP)

49 people were killed and a further 53 injured in the shooting at Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning

Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly (CNS)

Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly spent more than two decades in prison and 15 years under house arrest

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The Little Sisters are challenging the mandate that most religious employers must cover contraceptives through employer-provided health insurance

A young Syrian refugee  at a temporary camp, in the Lebanese Town of Al-Faour (AP)

The House of Representatives also called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal under United Nations authority

Pope Francis poses with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry,  at the Vatican in 2014 (AP)

Sunday marked three years since Francis was elected pope

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to US Navy Seal Edward Byers Jr (CNS)

Edward Byers Jr rescued a civilian hostage from a remote area of Afghanistan in 2012

Activists dressed in orange jumpsuits representing detainees in the U.S.-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, protest in front of the White House (CNS)

Religious advocates have questioned whether President Obama’s plan for the detention centre will allow detainees a fair trial

Pope Francis presented President Obama with the Rosary beads last September (PA)

President Obama says the Rosary makes him ‘think about peace’

Floral tributes and candles opposite the Bataclan theatre in Paris, after terror attacks killed at least 129 people in the city on Friday.

Questions about US practices in the resettlement of refugees have been raised after Paris attacks

An opponent of Planned Parenthood demonstrates in front of a new facility in Houston in January (CNS)

The House of Representatives voted to redirect the money to community health centres, but President Obama will veto the bill