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Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

The Church in Africa has a sharp understanding of the transcendent and sacred

The new look Songs of Praise

The show wants to make religion more accessible to a wider audience, but by doing so removes anything challenging from the faith

World Youth Day this year - but Catholicism is failing in Latin America   REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

In much of the continent Catholicism is seen as failing the poor

Penitents wait in line for confession (CNS)

The state has the right to know many things, but it has no jurisdiction over matters of conscience

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II shake hands in 2001 (PA)

Mr Arafat was moved to tears by Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned this year (CNS)

The German Church is superbly organised, but its coercive tax is weakening the Catholic faith

The Every Man Remembered Sculpture is unveiled in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Our way of dealing with death is to stand in respectful silence and watch the Queen

Pakistani Christians shout slogans during a protest at the killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy (CNS)

Christians are not only in danger from Muslim mobs, but also their own government