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Guterres has ‘a reputation for getting into the thick of it’ (AP)

The improbable Secretary-General

He’s a practising Catholic who opposes abortion and gay marriage. How on earth has António Guterres been appointed head of the UN?

A Syrian girl walks amid the wreckage of damaged buildings and shops in  Aleppo (AP)

The papal nuncio to Syria delivered a letter from the Pope calling for ‘international humanitarian law to be fully respected’

Hundreds of Burmese fishermen were rescued from an isolated island in 2015 (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin recommended coordinated international efforts to end exploitation in the fishing industry

Pope Francis pictured at the United Nations' World Food Programme (AP)

The Pope wrote a message a United Nations convention on climate change

Pope Francis urged people to take individual and collective responsibility for their use and waste of food  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Pool)

The Pope said that we mustn’t ignore the ‘cycle of the seasons’

Smoke rises from a brick kiln on the outskirts of Gauhati, India (AP)

The organisations cited the Pope’s encyclical on the environment as the inspiration for the decision

Cardinal Parolin addresses the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (AP)

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Sisters Shanti Kiron, left, and Mary Marta, members of the Missionaries of Charity, distribute St Teresa of Calcutta prayer cards and medals following a conference at the United Nations (CNS)

The Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations described St Teresa as the human face of eternal hope

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, will lead the new department (CNS photo/Tom Tracy)

The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development has easily the most political portfolio in the curia

A man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo on April 28 (AP)

Cafod is amongst the aid agencies unable to enter the Syrian city because of heavy fighting