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Cardinal Vincent Nichols (AP)

The Archbishop of Westminster also praised Catholics who have taken part in the community sponsorship scheme

Pope Francis makes his speech during an audience with the diplomatic corps (CNS photo/Alberto Pizzoli, pool)

At the start of a new year, Pope Francis formally addressed diplomats in the Vatican

A worker of the Piacenti restoration centre works on a mosaic in the Church of the Nativity  (CNS)

The restoration project at the the site traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus has already uncovered a Crusades-era mosaic

Mgr Hilarion Capucci (Piotr Zygulski/Wiki)

Monsignor Hilarion Capucci had a history of activism linked to Middle East conflicts

Jean Vanier was presented with the award by Manuel Valls in Paris (AP)

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Rwandan children at Saint-Famille church, the scene of many killings during the 1994 genocide (AP)

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A desecrated church recently liberated from ISIS, near the Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

After ISIS, there are more horrors to come

Christian minorities across the world are facing a deadly new ‘hyper-extremism’. There is only one way to ensure their survival

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings

Brentwood Cathedral is to be lit in red (Brentwood Diocese)

Brentwood is following the example of Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey

The Commander of the Joint Military Operation Commander, Army Lt Gen Talib Shaghati (AP)

The Iraqi commander made the call as the army approached a historic Christian town near Mosul