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Benedict XVI meets Paul Batthi, centre, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti in 2011 (AP)

‘I see that Pakistan is changing,’ Dr Paul Bhatti has said

An altar server prays alongside others during Mass in early April at a church in Baghdad, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Patriarch Sako says law shows a ‘total disregard’ for the values of Iraqi civilisation

Assyrians in Beirut, Lebanon, protest against ISIS atrocities (AP)

Lord Alton has said the killing of Christians in Syria is a ‘genocide that dares not speak its name’

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo (CNS)

Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo was speaking at the launch an Aid to the Church in Need report

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Mazur/

The proposal to allow Anglican spouses of Catholics to receive Holy Communion will be discussed at the synod next week

Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’

Wales players celebrate their 25-28 win on Saturday (Photo: PA)

Priest’s celebration during Mass the next day makes headlines

Cardinal Nichols (Mazur)

The Archbishop of Westminster will attend October’s synod with Bishop Peter Doyle of Northampton

Pope Francis talks with a cardinal prior to the start of a consistory last October (Photo: CNS)

Bishop Bode says the Church could do more to support people in stable unions

New draft guidance would be just as deadly as the Liverpool Care Pathway, the Catholic Medical Association has warned (Photo: PA)

Catholic Medical Association says draft guidance ‘unquestionably replicates’ key failing of Liverpool Care Pathway