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Ibn Khaldun, shown on a Tunisian bank note

More of us should read the 14th century Islamic philosopher Ibn Khaldun

Syrian refugees who have made it Europe. Many have not been so lucky (AP)

Our response to such images could lead to more future misery

Nero, depicted by 19th century artist Henryk Siemiradzki

How Rome lost its virtue

An entertainment new history of the first five Caesars contains a serious message about how political morality dies

Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in 2008 (CNS)

Fr Dall’Oglio was kidnapped two years ago this week

Syrian refugees in Jordan. Millions are displaced (CNS)

Maronite leader appeals to worldwide faithful for help

Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham has urged the world's nation to help Syria (CNS)

The region is ‘bleeding’ Christians as large numbers flee Syria and Lebanon

A 19th century view of Magna Carta

The invention of liberty, literacy and prosperity have all been wrongly portrayed as Protestant developments

One of four surviving 1215 Magna Cartas, in Salisbury Cathedral (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The freedoms contained in the 1215 document originate ‘with the Christian Church and Christian theology’

The Ashers bakery manager Daniel McArthur and his wife Amy last week (PA)

Ashers owners say they hope the law ‘will allow us and other Christians to live out their faith’

A man walks next to the FIFA logo at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Ibn Khaldun offered a cogent explanation of why corruption thrives within close-knit societies