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Bashar Assad has hung on in power four years after the start of the war (AP)

John Kerry has finally stated that we should talk to Assad, something that should have been done four years ago

Francis greets the faithful this week (CNS)

‘Holy Year of Mercy’ will begin on December 8

A teacher and her pupils at a London academy (PA)

A new think-that report on faith schools ignores the impact of mass immigration on Britain

Richard III: a monster

Richard almost certainly murdered his nephews. Why does he attract such a fan club?

Jihadi John was identified yesterday as a Londoner

Why do young British men embrace Islamism? Because they are spoilt rotten

ISIS have reportedly murdered 15 Christians

Another 300 are held captive by ISIS terrorists in Syria, says abbot

Relatives of the victims before their murder  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Britain’s intervention in Libya was a disaster, and yesterday 21 innocent Egyptian Christians became the latest victims

Bishop Basel Yaldo, left, with Chaldean Archbishop Djibrail Kassab of Sydney (CNS)

Chaldean Catholic, whose home town is occupied by ISIS, will serve the faithful in Baghdad

Tristam Hunt talks of 'zero tolerance'

Tristram Hunt’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy to homophobia is a hint of the clashes to come

'The "British values" promoted by the state are almost as alien to my grandparents’ generation as the Islam being promoted in Birmingham schools' (PA)

Forcing schools to teach certain views is alien to liberal tradition