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A North Korean defector prays in Seoul (CNS)

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era

Archbishop Eamon Martin (PA)

Archbishop Eamon Martin says says Church will put forward ‘a robust defence of the right to life’

Coptic Christian Samir Mujeed weeps as he holds a photo of his 23-year-old son, Girgis Samir, who was abducted in Libya (PA)

Photos of alleged captives posted on Islamist internet forum

Pope Francis walks past Sri Lankan dancers upon his  arrival in Colombo (PA)

Pope Francis begins papal visit with speech delivered in English at Colombo airport

Archbishop Kaigama (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on the international community to help stop the Islamist advance in Nigeria

The Vatican is sending million to help west Africa (AP)

Money will be used to support and train clergy to help people afflicted with the virus

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis also called on Muslim leaders and other religious officials to condemn terrorism in speech

Pope Francis will begin his papal visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines tomorrow (CNS)

Francis will be welcomed in Sri Lanka by the country’s new president

Cardinal-designate José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán was sent a WhatsApp message by his sister (CNS)

Panama bishop received news of his appointment on his smartphone

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace