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Britain is the first country in the world to introduce the legislation (PA)

The House of Lords has defeated an attempt to block the legislation

ISIS parades in Mosul, formerly home to a large Christian community (PA)

Assyrian Christians appeal for help after at least 90 people were abducted from villages in the north-east of the country

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has released a letter ahead of this year’s general election

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

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

St Peter's Square (Photo: PA)

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

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ

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

Pope Francis and Chancellor Merkel met in the Vatican on Saturday (PA)

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

Women pray during a mass lead by Pope Tawadros II last week (PA)

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

Steven Woolfe said that the party stood for Judeo-Christian values and patriotism (PA)

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

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco (AP/Patrick Semansky)

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