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The number of American Catholics with a favourable view of Pope Francis has fallen by 18 per cent (CNS)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/07/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Jordanian Christians pour water over themselves at the baptismal area on the eastern bank of the Jordan River (PA)

The eastern side of the River Jordan has been declared a World Heritage site

Iraqi Christians in America protests against government inaction (AP)

Cardinal Bagnasco may sound like a conspiracy theorist, but he raises pertinent questions over the persecution of Christians

When baby Mariam was born her mother laid her in a bed made from a plastic bag Below: Refugees in a camp near Erbil (Sahar Mansour)

In an Iraqi Christian refugee camp old men savour memories of Christmas dinners and young mothers anxiously nurse their newborns

Iraqi refugees: British and Vatican officials will discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East (CNS)

Baroness Anelay’s visit will mark the centenary of relations being re-established

Pope Francis, pictured on Saturday, expressed concerns for Christians persecuted in the Middle East

I am aware that you are deeply concerned for the situation of Christians in the Middle East, he tells Patriarch of Constantinople