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A Dwekh Nawsha militia member sits on top of a tombstone inside a 200-year-old monastery in the Christian village of Bakufa, in Iraq (PA)

The defence spending bill refers specifically to Christians as a group that should be supported in the Middle East

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna (PA)

In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports

Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company, leaving Belfast High Court (PA)

In the struggle to preserve the freedoms of conscience and religion, we do not get to pick our battles

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem celebrates Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters)

In their Easter messages, the Catholic patriarchs urged the faithful to find hope in the resurrection

Pakistani Christian women mourn during the funeral service of Sahil Pervez who was killed in the suicide bombing in Lahore (AP)

A breakaway faction of the Taliban said it targeted Christians on Easter Sunday

Faithful hold candles in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 2014 (CNS)

Restricted access to Easter services is a point of contention between the Israeli police and Christians

Blessed Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero

From Mother Teresa to Blessed Jose Brochero, the sheer diversity of the saints should inspire us to follow their example

A young Syrian refugee  at a temporary camp, in the Lebanese Town of Al-Faour (AP)

The House of Representatives also called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal under United Nations authority

Comments by Bishop Egan about Communion from 2014 have resurfaced this week (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The denial of Communion is a supremely grave matter which raises a host of tricky questions