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Chinese Catholics receive Communion in 2012 during Christmas Eve Mass in Beijing (CNS)

If Vatican diplomacy is contemplating a compromise with China it would be a huge defeat for religious liberty

A photograph and a file with personal details of kidnapped Indian priest Fr Tom Uzhunnalil (AP)

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A father helps his son drive a kids' electric car in a fai ground in Dafeng, in east China's Jiangsu province (AP)

The 1980 law was insanely cruel. Now it turns out to have been unnecessary

Chinese President Xi Jinping , left. His government continues to persecute the faithful  (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

Stop demolishing churches and stop trying to control Christianity – you cannot fight God

A newborn baby's feet (PA Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire)

The Anscombe Bioethics Centre denounced “yet more destructive experimentation on human embryos”

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Pope has discussed China’s role on the world stage during an interview with Asia Times at the Vatican

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe sits in Strasbourg, eastern France (AP)

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Pope Francis preaches at a morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae  (CNS)

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Mass at the Southern Cathedral, Beijing, on Christmas Eve (AP)

2015 has been even worse than previous year for persecution