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Catholic students in Manila demonstrating against Boko Haram earlier this year (CNS)

Maiduguri Diocese attacked by insurgents, according to official

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias battling for control of the airfield, in Tripoli, Libya in July (PA)

The Church west of Egypt has long been plagued by heresy, piracy and persecution

A child walks past huts at a former camp for displaced persons most of whom have now returned to their villages, in Bobi, near Gulu, Uganda (PA)

Why I will be returning to Uganda

When the Ebola virus broke out in Uganda thirteen Catholics remained and gave their lives for their patients

'Europe has abandoned traditional morality, by and large, while other places have kept it' (CNS)

Responses to Pew Foundation survey suggests huge differences in opinion on moral questions between Catholics from different continents

People pray next to caskets containing the bodies of two men killed by sectarian violence in in Bangui, Central African Republic (CNS)

‘Politicians must not wait until situations get out of hand,’ say bishops in statement

Thousands of internally displaced people take refuge at a Catholic church in Malakal, South Sudan earlier this year (CNS)

‘We are disheartened by the tendency of our leaders to use war and violence,’ say Church officials in statement

John Kerry is the first Catholic US Secretary of State since Edmund Muskie (AP)

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

Zimbabwean women collect food aid from a distribution point in Mutawatawa (CNS)

Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference describe ‘water and power cuts and shortage of medicines’ in pastoral letter

Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

A server leads a procession out of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Bangui in the Central African Republic. The cathedral’s rector was abducted in April (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Jonathan Luxmoore says clergy are being kidnapped, tabernacles profaned and Church hospitals ransacked in the Central African Republic