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Civilians displaced by fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo (CNS)

Young people forced to become child soldiers, say bishops

A French soldier patrols near a burning house at a village in Bossangoa, Central African Republic (CNS)

Priests and nuns have remained in the country during the current conflict, despite offers of evacuation.

Archbishop Francis A. Chullikat (CNS)

The nuncio to the UN said that “widespread persecution of Christians rages”

Fr Federico Lombardi (Photo: CNS)

But the Holy See will respond to justified criticisms with ‘courage and determination’, according to statement

Kirsten Sandberg, chairperson of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, speaking at yesterday's press conference (AP)

If critics think the Church hasn’t changed, they only need to do a quick online search to learn the truth

The UN human rights committee on the rights of the child delivering its report in Geneva (AP)

And the committee oversteps the mark by criticising Catholic teaching on contraception and abortion

The committe, pictued today, were critical of the Church (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

UN criticises Vatican over clerical abuse

Committee tells Church to release details of abuse

Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga addressing worshipers at the St Jean des Cascades church in Bangui, Central African Republic

Archbishop Nzapalainga in London to urge politicians to lobby for UN intervention

A Free Syrian Army fighter walks down a street in Aleppo (AP)

Recommendations will be offered to those taking part in ‘Geneva 2′ peace talks

An injured boy rests at a medical clinic inside the UN compound on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan (CNS)

Bishops ‘condemn reports that refer to the violence as conflict between tribes’