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US President Barack Obama shares a laugh with Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis address the US Congress and the United Nations during upcoming visit

A migrant is assisted after arriving in Reggio Calabria, Italy (CNS)

French, German and Italian bishops have issued formal statements in response to migration crisis

A man walks next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Ibn Khaldun offered a cogent explanation of why corruption thrives within close-knit societies

Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in Malakal, South Sudan (CNS)

According to the United Nations, fighting in South Sudan has ‘worsened considerably’ in recent weeks

Archbishop Edmundo Valenzuela of Asunción (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

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Pope Francis (CNS)

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

Syrian refugees walk the street at Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq in Jordan (CNS)

Jordan has received only 7.2 percent of $2.9 billion needed for services to Syrian refugees and host communities

Migrants wait to disembark from the Italian Navy frigate Bersagliere at the Reggio Calabria on Monday (PA)

The EU has said it will strengthen sea patrols by its Frontex border agency and destroy human traffickers’ boats

The Vatican summit on the moral dimensions of climate change (CNS)

Statement released calling for action after day-long Vatican summit on the environment

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses climate change summit (CNS)

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at a Vatican-sponsored workshop on environmental issues