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Pope Francis exchanges gifts with the Egyptian president yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/11/14

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

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Whatever Blair says, we cannot put aside differences with Russia and China (PA)

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham  and Orthodox Patriarch John X  visit the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, on Easter Sunday (CNS)

Easter messages also offers prayers for people in Lebanon, Iraq and the Holy Land

A Coptic Orthodox bishop surveys a damaged church in Minya, Egypt last year (CNS)

According to reports, seven Christians shot by ‘armed Libyan militia’

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community

Coptic Pope Tawadros II (AP)

President Mansour keen to show appreciation for efforts of Coptic citizens ‘working for the welfare of the country’

Mourners at a funeral in Cairo last month after 4 Copts were murdered by gunmen (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The crisis facing Christians in Egypt

Copts are paying the price for the failure of liberalism in Egypt, says Robin Harris

Lady Warsi has warned of growing persecution in the region

Exodus is on a biblical scale, says Baroness Warsi