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A Pakistani Christian man voluntarily collects small metal balls spread out on the ground of the site of a 2013 church bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Four militants stormed a Christian neighbourhood near Peshawar but were kept at bay by a single security officer with a rifle

A Buddhist monk holds a placard during a protest against religious persecution in Bangladesh (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Rosaline Costa had faced harassment and threats – when she went to police they would not even file a report

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

The author of a new study of Communist persecution tells me why these stories must be kept alive

A depiction of communist-era martyrs in a Serbian Orthodox church in Podgorica (PA)

When Christianity becomes a crime

I thought I knew what believers experienced under communism. But I was unprepared for a story of persecution comparable to the Roman Empire

Ahmed el-Tayeb exchanges gifts with Pope Francis (AP)

Anti-Christian prejudice among Muslims is a very bad advertisement for their faith

Coptic Pope Tawadros II at St Mark's Cathedral, in Cairo, Egyp (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Church says homes were ransacked and torched after rumours of an affair between a Muslim and a Christian

Cardinal Sarah speaks at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (CNS)

The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

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

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks said there was a 'pattern' of terrorism against Christians  (PA)

The former chief rabbi is ‘appalled’ at the international community’s indifference to the plight of Christians

A relative of Samuel Walham, one of 21 Copts beheaded by ISIS last year, weeps (Photo: AP)

We cannot ignore this genocide

Until the murderous persecution of Christians by ISIS is recognised for what it is, its perpetrators cannot be brought to international justice