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A Bangladeshi policeman stands guard at the spot where three motorcycle-riding assailants hacked student activist Nazimuddin Samad to death in April (AP)

Unlike the lynch mobs of Bangladesh, the Church has nothing to fear from modern secularism

Salman Taseer, right, Governor of Punjab Province, listens to Asia Bibi, left, at a prison near Lahore. Bibi continues to deny blasphemy charges on which she was convicted to death in 2010 (AP)

An ‘ethical foreign policy’ would take action against Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the region's Muslim sheik and other faith leaders in Baku's main mosque (AP)

Quoting a Muslim poet, Francis said religions should help people build better societies

Residents pay tribute at a makeshift memorial in front of the Saint Etienne church where Priest Jacques Hamel was killed in July (AP)

The Archbishop of Rouen led a procession through Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray before celebrating Mass at the church

'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

My journey from Tehran to Rome

As a Muslim-born Iranian, I first doubted God, then flirted with Nietzsche and Marxism. But the whisper of conscience kept suggesting that I go to Mass

Sultan Murad III, the Ottoman Emperor from 1574 to 1595, and Queen Elizabeth I

Sixteenth-century England did have links with the Ottoman Empire. But let’s not overstate their importance

The boy who liked the Facebook post has been sent to jail, pending trial (Photo: PA)

The boy reportedly ‘liked’ a picture of a holy Islamic site in Mecca on the social networking site

Pope Francis hugs Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I during a day of prayer for peace, in Assisi (AP)

Jewish, Anglican and Catholic leaders celebrated the 25th anniversary of the patriarch’s enthronement

'The poll reminds us of the necessity of the role of reason in theology' (AP)

A new poll suggests up to a third of France’s Muslims reject the legitimacy of the country’s secular law

Pope Francis speaks to faithful gathered in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis will pray for peace with leaders of other religions in the Italian town on Tuesday