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Ed West

Ed West

Ed West is the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and author of The Silence of Our Friends: The Extinction of Christianity in the Middle East.

Christian-hating jihadists are poised to eliminate the Church in Iraq

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Mosul, Iraq’s second city, is now free of Christians for the first time in 1,800 years

Cardinal Nichols prays for peace with Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors

Vincent Nichols invited the two men to pray for peace

The two men came to Archbishop’s House following Pope Francis’s trip to the Holy Land

Pope Francis knew what he was doing when he stopped to pray at Israel’s separation barrier

Francis prays at the separation barrier on his way to a Mass in Manger Square, Bethlehem (Photo: PA)

The Holy Father understands symbolism, and will realise the pressure he has put on Israel

Is anyone really that bothered by Britain being called a Christian country?

Cameron: does do God (PA)

David Cameron’s comments seem to have irritated some high-profile atheists, but no imams

David Cameron already is doing something for persecuted Christians – making their plight worse

The Monastery of Mar Sarkis in Maaloula, recently recaptured by the Syrian Army (CNS)

Britain’s foreign policy does nothing to help the persecuted Church

Dutch Jesuit priest in Homs killed

Fr van der Lugt with Syrian civilians in January

Fr van der Lugt had chosen to stay in beseiged, starving city

Kidnapped Syrian nuns set free

Two of the nuns speak with journalists on the border with Lebanon earlier today (Kyodo)

Patriarch confirms women are unharmed after being taken by jihadis last December

Book review: Magna Carta – the document that changed England and the world

American children in Philadelphia look at one of four surviving copies of the Magna Carta (AP)

We should be more grateful for our freedom, argues Daniel Hannan in How We Invented Freedom

Pope invites engaged couples to spend Valentine’s Day with him

Pope Francis (CNS)

Engaged couples can attend a special audience with Pope Francis on February 14

Shouldn’t Catholics be protesting loudly against anti-gay persecution?

Indians protest against last month's court ruling, which the Church opposed (AP)

Nigeria’s new laws contravene Catholic teaching – and we should say so