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Francis will meet with Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders during his trip to the former Soviet republics  (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Vatican on Monday released the itinerary for the Caucasus trip which begins on September 30

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of Egypt's al-Azhar mosque and university, during a private meeting in May (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Acting on Pope Francis’s wishes, a Vatican official is in Cairo to visit al-Azhar University

Under Pakistan's blasphemy laws, anyone accused of insulting Islam can be sentenced to death (AP)

Nadeem James Masih is on the run after allegedly sending the poem to his Muslim friend

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (AP)

At the heart of Orthodox division is a disputed understanding of the role of the Patriarch of Constantinople

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (AP)

A Muslim mob stripped an elderly Christian woman naked and paraded her through the streets of a village

Ahmed el-Tayeb exchanges gifts with Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis held a private audience with the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim centre

Nigerian Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah is in New York raising awareness about the plight of Nigerian Christians

President Xi Jinping  (AP)

Over the past two years authorities in China have torn down church crosses and other outward symbols of the Christian faith

The bell tower of St. Porphyrios Greek Orthodox church and the minaret of the adjacent Kateb Welaya mosque in Gaza City (AP)

Increasing numbers of Muslim refugees are seeking reception into the Church.

St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna (PA)

In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports