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The Monastery of Mar Elian before and after its destruction by ISIS fighters

The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a beacon of inter-faith co-operation

A boy stands with a cross outside Sacre Coeur basilica in Paris (Photo: CNS)

Faithful urged to take extra measures by the Interior Ministry and the bishops’ conference

Syrian women light candles before attending a prayer service at the Melkite Catholic patriarchate in Damascus (CNS)

Fr Antoine Boutros and his driver have not been seen since July 12

A protester at a rally against ISIS organised by Muslims in Edinburgh (PA)

How religious is ISIS?

If Britain insists on a reductionist approach to religion, we are unlikely to get close to the right answers over Islamism

People gather around the ruins of the burned Bama Market in Maiduguri, Nigeria (CNS)

Aid to the Church in Need say 5,000 Catholics have been killed in one diocese alone

The bishop baptises a child in a church attacked by militants three years ago (AP)

Don’t be fooled by appearances: the meek-looking Bishop Alessandro has the heart of a lion and is putting his life on the line in northern Kenya

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

Protesters outside the US embassy in London (PA)

ISIS are not isolated fanatics, but highly organised and have a hinterland of support in many Western nations

Francis blesses Barbara Henning (PA)

Barbara Henning and Mike Haines spoke to the Pope after the general audience in the Vatican today

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama presents relief material in Jos, Nigeria.  Many refugees are now flee to Cameroon (CNS)

A delegation met with some of the estimated 36,000 Nigerians who have sought safety from Islamist terrorists in recent weeks