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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

An Iraqi Christian child who fled from violence in Iraq lies on a bed in Jordan (CNS)

A Catholic official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians

Yazidi leaders, including the group's supreme spiritual leader, meet Pope Francis at the Vatican (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/01/15

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

A memorial outside the French embassy in Berlin yesterday (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

It is time to go back to the Regensburg speech

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem in Bethlehem (CNS)

Lt Muath Kasasbeh is the first soldier serving with the US-led coalition fighting ISIS to be held by the terrorists

Cardinal Kasper will make Communion for the divorced and re-married top of his priorities for 2015 (PA)

What to look out for in 2015

There may be trouble ahead

The Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral rehearse for the Christmas period inside St Paul's Cathedral, in central London (PA)

Please can we give these endless moanings about Christmas a rest?

A delegation of Australian bishops to Lebanon and Iraq distribute gifts to refugees ahead of Christmas at Caritas Lebanon (CNS)

Australian bishops say they have seen ‘Christ reborn again’ among refugees in Lebanon and Iraq

An Iraqi Christian child who fled violence in Mosul (CNS)

Francis writes Christmas message of support to beleaguered Christians in the Middle East

A Kurdish soldier gives the victory sign as he drives to the front line (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Mountain where Yazidis were stranded captured with US help