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Bishop Hudson (PA)

Bishop Nicholas Hudson has urged the faithful to “pray hard”

Prince William, right, at an Independence Day Mass at St John's Co-Cathedral in Malta (Photo: CNS)

The Duke of Cambridge was in Malta to celebrate the island’s 50 years of independence

Iraqi refugee Khiria Al-Kas Isaac (Pic by Sahar Mansour in Ankawa, Iraq)

Refugee told militant she would rather die than give up her Christian faith.

Cardinal Pell hailed the abbey school as ‘brave and important’  (CNS)

Australian cardinal makes comments during Mass of foundation for the School of the Annunciation in Devon

The parents of Christina Khider Abada, who has been kidnapped by ISIS

Terrorists snatched Christina Khider Abada from her parents in northern Iraq

Professor Silviu Itescu

Professor Silviu Itescu is pioneering a therapy for congestive heart failure

An elderly Iraqi woman fleeing Islamic State violence pictured at a refugee camp (CNS)

Group of Iraqis refused demands of extremists to ‘convert to Islam or be beheaded’

Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA)

Babies and the elderly among those suffering from diseases, thirst and malnutrition

Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS)

Demonstrators faint in the heat during march on UN base in Irbil.

Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion

Pope formally declares that Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, a Carmelite nun, lived a life of heroic virtue