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Fr Dall'Oglio was asked to leave Syria but couldn't bear to desert the count country he loved. (CNS)

Six clergy have vanished without trace since the Syrian conflict erupted. Many fear the worst, but we must never give up hope that they will be found

The Prince of Wales  (PA)

Defender of the (Eastern) faith

Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle East

Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Will Ukip get a foot in the door?

Nigel Farage’s ‘insurgent’ party is gaining a following among the faithful – much to the consternation of the bishops of England and Wales

Prince Charles looks at a gift presented to him with Archbishop Habib of Basra, Iraq, during a visit to meet Iraqi Christians, in London (PA)

Prince tells Iraqi Christians they are ‘literally following in the footsteps of the Holy Family’

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

The traditionally Anglican programme will broadcast from Catholic churches

Songs of Praise to include Masses

TV show to include services from other Christian denominations

St Ignatius church is to close

St Ignatius has been earmarked for closure by the Diocese of Lancaster

England captain Wayne Rooney in a match against Estonia last month (PA)

England captain visited Our Lady and St Swithin’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool

Pope Francis blesses the sculpture of Jesus during a general audience last year (CNS)

A statue of a homeless Jesus is to be permanently installed outside Methodist Central Hall

The General Election will be held in May next year (PA)

Cardinal Nichols is expected to discuss the results of the bishops’ plenary meeting at a press conference on Friday