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Catholics at a rally for religious freedom in the US (CNS)

Facing hostility from secularists at home and violence from Islamists abroad, the faithful should stop pursuing lost social causes and focus instead on defending religious freedom

Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds souvenir of Holy Family as boy looks on at a Lebanese church (CNS)

Cardinal Bechara Rai tells UNESCO that Christians are ‘irreplaceable peacemakers’ and, without them, ‘Islam will fall into the hands of fundamentalists’

A demonstrator burns a cross during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Pakistan (CNS photo/Adrees Hassain, Reuters)

A teenage boy was attacked on Friday for saying he was a Christian

Francis hands a copy of the bull of indiction of the Holy Year of Mercy to a Vatican official (AP)

Pope says Holy Year of Mercy is ‘a time to offer everyone the way of forgiveness and reconciliation’

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders meet for an inter-faith summit in Bkerke (CNS)

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim representatives release joint statement at the conclusion of inter-faith summit

The Grand Mufti prays at a mosque in Riyadh (Photo: PA)

Unless Western powers show they care about human rights they will be exposed as hypocrites

A teacher and her pupils at a London academy (PA)

A new think-that report on faith schools ignores the impact of mass immigration on Britain

Jihadi John was identified yesterday as a Londoner

Why do young British men embrace Islamism? Because they are spoilt rotten

President Obama said Islam was woven into America's history since its founding (PA)

President Obama’s recent speech on Islam and America’s foundation was historically inaccurate

Assyrians troops are preparing to take back Nineveh from ISIS

Iraqi Christians form militia to fight ISIS

Group aims to take back Nineveh Plains from Islamists