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Topic: Aid to the Church in Need

‘Prayer is absolutely essential – or you die’

Ed West meets Fr Michael Shields, the priest who exchanged the frozen wastes of Alaska for the post-Soviet wilderness of Siberia

Church to build hospital and university in Iraq

Archbishop says plans are ‘symbols of hope’ for country’s Christian presence

Concrete walls put up around Iraqi churches to prevent Christmas attacks

Government is scrambling to build 10ft-high barriers to stop a repeat of the Baghdad massacre in October

Pope condemns ‘absurd violence’ of Baghdad church siege

Syrian Catholic patriarch, meanwhile, attacks indifference of free world to suffering of Iraqi Christians

Three priests among dozens killed in attack on Baghdad church

Dozens of Iraqi Catholics were killed yesterday after Islamic militants took worshippers hostage during Mass

Iraqi archbishop joins Vatican appeal against execution of Saddam’s deputy

Archbishop Georges Casmoussa of Mosul says the killing of Tariq Aziz would be wrong

Charity presents Pope with special volume

Aid to the Church in Need presents Pope with book containing names of supporters who pledge the equivalent of more than six months of prayer for the Holy Father

Christianity is the most persecuted religion, say European bishops

COMECE urges EU foreign ministry to set up a ‘religion unit’ to promote cause of religious freedom more effectively

Herald friends celebrate Benedict XVI’s visit

Princess Michael of Kent was the guest of honour

British faithful pray thousands of rosaries ahead of Pope’s visit

Initiative is brainchild of charity Aid to the Church in Need