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Pope to meet families of terrorist victims

Pope Francis is to meet families of victims of the Nice terrorist attack at the Vatican tomorrow.

Among those in the delegation will be Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, as well as representatives of different religions in the region.

Padre Pio relic leaves Italy for the first time

Padre Pio’s heart was to be venerated in Boston, Massachusetts, this week. It marks the first time any major relic of St Pio of Pietrelcina has left Italy.

Religion in the US ‘is worth a trillion dollars’

A study by a sociologist, Professor Brian Grim, has estimated that the US’s 344,000 congregations are worth $1.2 trillion to the economy.