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A painting of Mary and the Christ Child is is seen in 2014 at the damaged St Thecla Orthodox monastery in the predominantly Christian town of Maaloula, Syria (CNS photo/Youssef Badawi, EPA)

Project is the ‘first concrete outcome’ of the Pope’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill

Lutheran church leaders and officials in Trondheim, Norway, vote in favour of conducting same-sex weddings (CNS photo/Ole Martin Wold, EPA)

Bishop says politicians ‘may get aggressive’ over resistance to same-sex marriage

Protesters march the street during a 2015 demonstration against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term in Bujumbura, Burund (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Church told its ‘attitudes must change’ as fears grow of civil war

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin (CNS)

Police raided the offices of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin to search for information related to the case of Fr Bernard Preynat

A group of Polish bishops gather pictured in 2013 (AP)

The bishops have called for the permanent ban to mark Poland’s conversion to Christianity

Victims' pictures are displayed on a table in Sarajevo as people watch a TV broadcast of the international tribunal  that convicted Radovan Karadzic of genocide  (CNS)

The 40-year sentence for Radovan Karadzic ‘won’t solve our problems’ , a spokesman for the country’s bishops has said

A man prays during a memorial gathering in Brussels following Tuesday's terrorist attacks (CNS)

Fr Michel Gaillard has served as chaplain of the Belgian airport targeted by ISIS for 10 years

Visitors look over displays of photographs of concentration camp prisoners outside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland (CNS)

The Pope will also chair World Youth Day during his five-day visit to Poland

A refugee woman walks through the caravan park in Frankfurt, Germany (CNS photo/Alexander Heinl, EPA)

Open Doors International says the scale of abuse faced by Christian refugees in Germany has been ‘covered up’

A man takes a copy of the latest edition of French weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo (Photo: CNS)

‘Every suspicious glance at religions injures believers,’ say the country’s bishops