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The Pope speaks during a press conference on the flight from Istanbul to Rome (AP)

Francis says ‘every religion’ is blighted by ‘little groups’ of fundamentalists

Francis stands next to the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, right, at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (AP)

Francis’s prayer in Blue Mosque recalls Benedict XVI’s famous gesture in 2006

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass (Photo: CNS)

Most believers ‘hide their cross’

People pray in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (CNS)

Clerics hope the visit will shed light on Islam

Asia Bibi

Ashiq Masih writes open letter after appeal is rejected

A previous meeting of the  the Catholic-Muslim Forum at the Vatican (CNS)

The Catholic-Muslim Forum met at the Vatican this week

Pope Francis burns incense in front of a statue of Mary (CNS)

Muslims and Christians are like-minded when it comes to revering Mary

The Prince of Wales (PA)

The Prince has become one of the most high-profile names to speak out about the persecution of Christians

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own