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Retired Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, a former director of the Salvadoran national guard, is escorted by police officers upon his arrival at El Salvador International Airport last week (CNS)

Gen Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova has been accused of human rights abuses during the bloody civil war in El Salvador

People gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to defend an article of the country's civil code that upholds traditional marriage (CNS)

Catholic lay organisation launches challenge on constitutional grounds against move to allow same-sex marriage

Cardinal Egan is seen outside St Patrick's Cathedral following his installation Mass in 2000 (CNS)

Cardinal Egan retired as archbishop of New York in 2009 and was instrumental in helping the city recover in the aftermath of 9/11

Pope Francis with US President Barack Obama (CNS)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin also suggested Francis will go to UN during September trip

Using a free-standing exoskeleton, Thomas Peters can take hundreds of steps in each rehabilitation session

He was a handsome blogger known to millions as the American Papist. A freak accident left him fighting for his life – but his faith survived

A guard tower at Guantanamo Bay naval base (CNS)

Church officials and campaigners respond to Senate Intelligence Committee report

A Kenyan Christian re-enacts the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Christians around the world will endanger their lives this Christmas to celebrate their faith

Protesters display signs and carry flags during a rally in Detroit to highlight persecution of Iraqi Christians (CNS)

Chaldeans take part in prayer vigil after Detroit protest

Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS)

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome