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Members of the special police forces stand guard to secure the area around the Coptic Orthodox cathedral complex destroyed in December's bombing (CNS)

At the time of the attack, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called for the accused to be held accountable

Catholics carry a replica of the Black Nazarene during a procession ahead of feast day celebrations in Manila (CNS)

Security measures put in place due to fears of an Islamist attack

Sisters of Elias Wardini, a Lebanese man killed in a gun attack on the Reina nightclub in Istanbul, mourn during his funeral Mass at the Church of Our Lady in Beirut (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Bishop Tierrablanca said police had stepped up security at churches since last year’s coup attempt

Pope Francis at Mass on January 1. What will 2017 bring? (CNS)

Ten stories to watch in 2017

A guide to the stories that will be making headlines in 2017

People take part in a vigil at Trafalgar Square, London, after the New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub (AP)

2017 is set to be another bleak year unless serious progress in tackling terrorism is made

An unnamed gunman pictured shortly after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

The giant Christmas tree in al-Zawra Park, Baghdad, Iraq (AP)

Yassir Saad said he wanted to ‘join our Christian brothers in their holiday celebrations’

Security forces examine the aftermath of the bombing (AP)

The attack is one of the deadliest against Egypt’s Christians in recent memory

A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Bishop organised the raising of millions of dollars to pay ransom to the Islamic extremists