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Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

One day the superpower will be Christian, and Communism just a distant memory

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

'Still today there are people who kill, who persecute in the name of God' (Photo: PA)

His comments in homily follow the printing of photographs apparently showing crucifixions in Syria

David Cameron (PA)

Prime minister says we must stand up for persecuted

A church in Syria destroyed in the fighting. Over 1,000 Christians there were killed for their faith last year (AP)

We need to publicise attacks on Christians until our politicians can no longer ignore them

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

Saint Francis of Assisi by Jusepe de Ribera

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts