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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.

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

The number of Christian martyrs doubled last year, but we have the power to the help the persecuted

A church in Syria destroyed in the fighting. Over 1,000 Christians there were killed for their faith last year (AP)

We need to publicise attacks on Christians until our politicians can no longer ignore them

Dry January – it’s all a substitute for Christianity

Not until February 1, at any rate

The booze fast is not just about saving our livers; people have a need for feasts and fasts

Anti-Christian violence in the Middle East: the answer is more secularism, not multiculturalism

Christians and Muslims pray together for the return of nuns kidnapped by rebels (PA)

Douglas Alexander has raised the issue of persecution – what will Hague and Cameron do?