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Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

John Pontifex blogs on the plight of Iraqi Christians

Mgr Taban (Photo: ACN)

Mgr Roko Taban says the Church in the area has ‘lost everything’

Patriarch Gregorios III

Leader of Catholics in Syria asks for prayers for conference beginning on Tuesday

Christian activist Mona Makram Obeid speaks at a session in parliament after the approval of the new constitution (PA photo)

Three Coptic bishops strongly criticise document, saying it is shaped by Sharia law

Members of the rebel Free Syrian Army in Homs  (CNS photo/stringer via Reuters)

Christians in Syria are fleeing ‘ongoing ethnic cleansing’, according to Fides

Security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast in Aleppo, Syria (CNS photo/SANA handout via Reuters)

Archbishop of Damascus says that Catholics say goodbye to each other after Mass, uncertain whether they will meet again

Violence in Cairo last night (Photo: PA)

Peaceful Christian demonstrators attacked by thugs with rifles, sticks and swords, according to Catholic Church spokesman

Independence day celebrations in Juba (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

But the country’s bishops say there are ‘immense challenges’ ahead

A church burns in Imbaba, Egypt (Photo: PA)

Months after the revolution John Pontifex meets frightened Coptic Christians worshipping in secret

Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore at his residence in Lahore (CNS photo/Mian Khursheed, Reuters)

Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha of Lahore made his comment following protests in which at least 24 people were killed