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Russia has the second highest abortion rate in the world (PA)

Russian Orthodox diocese declared January 11 a ‘day of silence without abortions’

A worker of the Piacenti restoration centre works on a mosaic in the Church of the Nativity  (CNS)

The restoration project at the the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic

A nun cries after the bombing of a Coptic chapel in Cairo in December (CNS)

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Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, the new custos of the Holy Land Franciscans (CNS)

The new custos describes life in one of the most dangerous places in the world

Giammarco Piacenti, CEO of the Piacenti restoration centre, stands in front of angel mosaics in the Church of the Nativity (CNS photo/CNS/Debbie Hill)

Restorers, after clearing away centuries of dirt, discovered the Church of the Nativity had a seventh mosaic

Patriarch Bartholomew I has arrived early in Crete 'in order to welcome and receive his brother hierarchs' (AP)

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Patriarch Kirill visits a Russian Orthodox church in the Cuban capital Havana (AP)

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A detail from The Visitation by the Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo

Let us pray for the Bethlehem of our day

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44 (Year C)

Nardine and her family are living in a monastery after fleeing ISIS

The documentary ‘Kill the Christians’ forces Britons to confront the plight of the suffering Church

Bethlehem Mayor Vera Baboun listens as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal speaks at a news conference at a convent in Cremisan Valley in Beit Jala, West Bank (CNS)

The security wall would have divided a Catholic monastery