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Christians who fled unrest in Syria and Iraq at a February protest in Beirut (CNS)

Catholic patriarchs have used their Easter messages to speak out over the suffering of Christians in Syria and Iraq

Washing and kissing feet: Mama Maggie’s attention is always focused on the children (AP)

Amid the filth and despair of Cairo’s worst slums, a middle-class ‘lady in white’ feels called by God to protect the children who must sort rubbish to stay alive

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders meet for an inter-faith summit in Bkerke (CNS)

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim representatives release joint statement at the conclusion of inter-faith summit

Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

Archbishop Peter Smith (Mazur)

Archbishop of Southwark concerned by findings in new report by equality body

Pope Francis (CNS)

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit

Pakistani protesters throw rocks during clashes with police (PA)

14 people were killed and more than 70 were injured in suicide bombings in Lahore on Sunday

Christian Iraqi women pray during a Mass at the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Rabieh, east of Beirut (CNS)

Maronite Catholic bishops issue statement following a special synod held last week

Pakistani Christians pray for victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches on Sunday (PA)

The latest bombings show the Pakistani state to be weak in the face of terror and that the Taliban is still very much in business

Indian Christians hold placards protesting against recent attacks on churches in the Indian capital as they assemble outside the Sacred Heart Church in New Delhi, India, (PA)

CCTV footage shows the attackers breaking into the convent on Saturday morning