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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.

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?

When my son was born he was not breathing. Here’s why I begged for help from a martyred Iraqi priest

Fr Ragheed Ganni, killed in Mosul in June 207 (CNS)

Even if he was not responsible for a ‘miracle’, I will always be grateful to Fr Ragheed Ganni

The saint known as the ‘golden speaker’

An icon of St John of Damascus, who was a vigorous opponent of the iconoclasts

St John of Damascus (December 4) was declared a Doctor of the Church by Leo XIII in 1883

Peter O’Toole to star in new film about St Katherine of Alexandria

Peter O'Toole in a scene from Katherine of Alexandria

Veteran actor among high-profile cast depicting life of 3rd century saint