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African Christians worship in an Anglican church in Tripoli (PA)

The taking of the three men is the latest in a series of kidnappings of Middle East Christians

Camel riders pass stone pillars, a relic of the Roman Empire, in the desert city of Palmyra, central Syria (PA)

The grave threat to Palmyra should cause a collective shudder in all who love our heritage

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis sends message to the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after latest ISIS massacre

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the Islamists

Bella Dodd and the Venerable Fulton Sheen (Photo: CNS)

Her story shows how easily the best human impulses can be twisted to evil

The new chief editor of Charlie Hebdo, Gerard Biard, left, and columnist Patrick Pelloux, right, comfort cartoonist Luz at a press conference this week (PA)

New Charlie Hebdo pokes fun at the Pope

Satirical newspaper sends a message to Francis in issue featuring the Prophet Mohammed

Charlie Hebdo editor Charb, who was murdered yesterday) AP Photo/MIchel Euler)

Charlie Hebdo made fun of all religions, including ours – and sometimes that is needed

Bishop Nazir-Ali: an outspoken defender of Christian minority rights

Many Evangelicals look to Catholic Church to stem tide of Islamic militancy, says Bishop Nazir-Ali

The Islamic State must also be defeated on the battelground of ideas (AP)

The Islamic State may be defeated militarily, but its ideas will still attract young zealots

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood protest in  Giza Square, south of Cairo (CNS)

Christians come under attack in Egypt

Reports suggest up to 58 Christian churches have been targeted by Islamists since military crackdown