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Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury (Mazur/Catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Mark Davies urges faithful at Walsingham to take up ‘the cause of life’

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

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

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

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

Cameron: does do God (PA)

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

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

Fr van der Lugt with Syrian civilians in January

Dutch Jesuit priest in Homs killed

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

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

Kidnapped Syrian nuns set free

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

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 Francis (CNS)

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