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An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

Coptic Christian Samir Mujeed weeps as he holds a photo of his 23-year-old son, Girgis Samir, who was abducted in Libya (PA)

Photos of alleged captives posted on Islamist internet forum

Coptic Catholic Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sedrak (CNS)

‘Sermons coming out of mosques are inciting Muslims against Christians,’ has said Coptic Catholic Patriarch

An anti-Morsi protester holds up a copy of the Quran and a cross at a rally in Cairo last month (CNS)

Coptic Catholic Bishop Youhannes Zakaria claims food supplies are running low

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood protest in  Giza Square, south of Cairo (CNS)

Christians come under attack in Egypt

Reports suggest up to 58 Christian churches have been targeted by Islamists since military crackdown

Pope Benedict waves as he leaves this morning's general audience (AP)

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The body of Pope Shenouda III is seated on the throne of Mar Morqos, or St Mark, as mourners gather to pay their final respects (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Pope Shenouda passed away on Saturday after 40 years of leading Egypt’s Christians