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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.

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

Christianity in the Middle East faces extinction, says Government minister

Lady Warsi has warned of growing persecution in the region

Exodus is on a biblical scale, says Baroness Warsi

The saint who became a soldier at 15

A detail from St Martin and the Beggar (c 1597-99) by El Greco

The shrine of St Martin of Tours (November 11) in western France became a stopping point on the road to Santiago de Compostela

ICEL celebrates 50th anniversary with Mass in Rome

The Mass was celebrated at St Peter's yesterday (AP)

Solemn Mass was celebrated at the Altar of the Chair of St Peter

Syrian patriarch says third of Christians are now refugees

Almost half a million Syrian Christians have been forced to flee their homes since the civil war began (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Patriarch says Pope Francis’s prayers stopped western powers bombing Damascus