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Democrat members of Congress, including  John Lewis, participate in sit-down protest seeking a vote on gun control measures (Rep John Yarmuth via AP)

Last week’s gun control sit-in highlights how one side of the culture war has successfully linked its opinions to the most contentious periods in US history

The US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The court struck down two provisions of a 2013 Texas law regulating abortion in the state

Jean Dasilva sits next to a makeshift memorial for the victims of Sunday's mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub as he mourns the loss of his friend Javier Jorge-Reyes  (AP)

Bishop John Noonan led an interfaith prayer service attended by 700 people after the Pulse nightclub massacre

'Orlando' is spelled out in candles at a vigil in Atlanta (AP/David Goldman)

The shooting at a crowded nightclub left 49 people dead and many more injured

Hundreds of people bow their heads in prayer during a vigil for victims of the Orlando nightclub attack (Andres Leiva/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

We should recognise it as a homophobic killing and renew our commitment to upholding the rule of law

A woman in Bayelsa, Nigeria, reads an army poster picturing wanted Boko Haram suspects (CNS)

More than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram in 2014

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

Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana (CNS)

In a video filmed in St Peter’s Square, Archbishop Anthony Apuron said he was a ‘victim of horrible calumnies’

Visitors walk past a men's bathroom at the Statehouse in Boston (AP)

The latest skirmish has revealed the inner contradictions of identity politics

Pope Francis (CNS)

Mgr Edward Deliman’s appointment was announced by the apostolic nuncio to the United States