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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad spoke at an international conference on Christian persecution in the world

Pastor James McConnell surrounded by Christian supporters after appearing at Belfast magistrates court  (Lesley-Anne McKeown/PA Wire)

Fr Patrick McCafferty joins a London imam in defending right of firebrand preacher

Nissar Hussain, pictured before the latest attack

Nissar Hussain, who had to have surgery after the attack, has suffered persecution for ‘apostasy’ for many years

Flowers lay outside the Carillon cafe, a site of last Friday's attacks in Paris (AP)

Only Christianity can rescue Europe

Some have seized on attacks by Islamists to smear all religions by association. But the Christian faith can play a key role in awakening the West from its slumber

Benedict XVI meets Paul Batthi, centre, brother of Shahbaz Bhatti in 2011 (AP)

‘I see that Pakistan is changing,’ Dr Paul Bhatti has said

Bangladeshi riot policewomen standing guard  in Dhaka (AP)

An Italian priest, Fr Piero Arolari, was shot at by three assailants as he cycled to church

Bishop John Sherrington with members of the Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council in Malaysia for their fourth joint meeting

Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster is calling for prayers for the country’s Christians

Michel Houellebecq suggests most European Christians will become Muslims (PA)

The French novelist’s vision chimes, in some ways, with Benedict XVI’s analysis of individualism and consumerism

Asia Bibi, pictured in 2010 (CNS)

Soran Masih had previously been denied access to his daughter who was convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan in 2012

The replica of the Shroud of Turin

Barrie Schwortz, a leading expert on the Shroud, spoke at the event