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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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

The saint known as the ‘golden speaker’

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

Peter O'Toole in a scene from Katherine of Alexandria

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

Lady Warsi has warned of growing persecution in the region

Exodus is on a biblical scale, says Baroness Warsi