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Fr Al-Bazi: ‘They said we have all night to take out your teeth, and you have plenty’ (CNS)

Fr Douglas Al-Bazi’s torturers asked him why he wasn’t afraid of death. He told them: ‘For me, death is the beginning. But for you it is the end’

Pope Francis  in St Peter's Square (CNS)

At the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope referred to a string of attacks to hit ‘beloved Syria’

Chinese Catholics carry a statue of Our Lady of Sheshan in procession in May 2009 (CNS/UCAN)

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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

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has a private audience at the Vatican in June 2013 (AP)

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Cardinal Woelki: 'Prayer rooms and mosques are equally protected by our constitution as our churches and chapels' (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 28/04/16

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Iraqi mothers hold up posters of their sons,  soldiers who were killed by ISIS militants (AP)

While ISIS’s reign of terror lasts, we must do what we can to stop them – starting with today’s debate

The House of Commons will debate the motion this afternoon (PA)

MPs to debate ISIS genocide definition

Fiona Bruce’s motion calls for the Government to involve the International Criminal Court via the UN

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos (CNS)

Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos signed a joint declaration insisting the world ‘cannot ignore colossal humanitarian crisis’

An Iraqi-Kurdish refugee family waits to be transferred from a makeshift camp at the port town of Skaramagkas, Greece.  (CNS photo/Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters)

Pope Francis will visit refugees on the island of Lesbos on Saturday