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Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo (CNS)

Five nuns were snatched from the Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla near Damascus

Alison Davis

Obituary: Alison Davis

Alison Davis, who for 30 years was the representative of the SPUC disability group, No Less Human, was born on January 8, 1955. She died on December 3, 2013

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow (PA)

Pope Francis sends message of support to papal nuncio to Great Britain

Young children beg for food in the Philippines after last month's devastating super typhoon (CNS)

Pope will offer support for Caritas Internationalis’s ‘One Human Family, Food For All’ campaign

Mgr Keith Newton distributes Communion during the first public Ordinariate Use Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory in October  (Dylan Parry/ordinariate Flickr photostream)

Ex-Anglicans break out of the ghetto

Thanks to Pope Francis the ordinariate is no longer only for former Anglicans

Pope Francis poses with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (CNS)

Pope meets Israel’s prime minister

Pope Francis met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

I am aware that you are deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in the Middle East, he tells Patriarch of Constantinople

Pope Francis thanked the religious for their 'testimony' (AP)

Pope praises ‘spirit of faith’ of religious orders

Mourners at a funeral in Cairo last month after 4 Copts were murdered by gunmen (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The crisis facing Christians in Egypt

Copts are paying the price for the failure of liberalism in Egypt, says Robin Harris

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, president of the German bishops' conference (AP)

Freiburg spokesman says local Church has authority to issue new guidelines