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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assyrian Christians were taken after militants attacked villages

Rome on high alert with Islamic State just 300 miles from Italy

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was abducted by Taliban gunmen in June last year

The German chancellor traveled to the Vatican to discuss the upcoming G7 summit with the Pope

The names of the martyrs will be entered into the Church’s calendar, Pope Tawadros II has announced

‘Aquinas teaches that patriotism is a virtue’, says north-west MEP

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone responds to criticism of sexual morality clauses in teachers’ handbooks

Pope Francis says the conflict has caused ‘great suffering to the entire population’

Cardinal also defends ‘lavish’ 80th birthday dinner, saying there were no truffles

Cologne diocese published its 2013 accounts yesterday, showing that it has assets of €3.35 billion