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Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS)

Demonstrators faint in the heat during march on UN base in Irbil.

Archbishop Tomasi shakes hands with Claudio Grossmann, chairman of the UN Committee against Torture during a hearing in Geneva on May 5 (AP)

New report offers praise as well as criticism, according to the Boston Globe

Pope Francis prays with the Italian bishops yesterday (AP)

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A woman and child in South Sudan camp for internally displaced people (CNS)

Religious leaders present at the signing of proposed peace deal in Ethiopia

Pope Francis with UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon at the Vatican (CNS)

Francis says a large part of humanity now has ‘second-class status’

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United Nations bureaucracy tends to regard religious traditions as an obstacle to the international enforcement of human rights

A displaced boy holds a child as he sits on a bench on a 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa (CNS)

Bishop says he and three parish priests narrowly escaped being killed by Islamist rebels

Pope Francis will address the heads of the UN’s agencies amid claims that UN committees are unfairly targeting the Catholic Church   (PA)

Pope expected to urge UN to focus on its founding mission after ‘surreal’ questioning of Church record on torture

Fr Lombardi said the Vatican would file reports on its anti-torture efforts (CNS)

Fr Lombardi says Church was not forced to attend torture committee

Francis arrives for this morning's general audience (AP)

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