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Police stand in front of a truck on the highway A4, Austria (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn calls for Europe to be united – asking for ‘courageous decisions’ on the plight of refugees

Christians in Lebanon (CNS)

Bishop Flavianus Michael Melki has been called a “model for holiness” for persecuted Christians

Pakistani Christians have faced persecution for some time

‘This is simple growing hatred against Christians,’ says human rights activist

Displaced Christians in Erbil, Iraq (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Brighton mother of two has mobilised the efforts of 100 parishes

The banners of new Ss John Paul II and John XXIII hang from the facade of St Peter's Basilica as Pope Francis begins his general audience in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

In an age when Christians are once again being persecuted, interest in the English martyrs is on the rise. The saint-making Pope Francis could be the one to canonise them

Assyrian Christians take part in a protest in the Lebanese capital Beirut (AP/Hussein Malla)

US bishops ask faithful to ‘unite with our suffering brothers and sisters’

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