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Members of the special police forces stand guard to secure the area around the Coptic Orthodox cathedral complex destroyed in December's bombing (CNS)

At the time of the attack, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called for the accused to be held accountable

Ahok sits on the defendant's chair at the start of his trial (AP)

Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama wept as he described the role his Muslim godparents played in his childhood

Local shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia (AP)

The demonstration followed protests by hardline Muslims against the city’s minority Christian governor

A man holds a religious leaflet showing the priest Jacques Hamel during his funeral mass, outside the Rouen cathedral, Normandy, (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Making the murdered French priest a saint will also challenge Catholics to ask themselves, am I prepared to die in God’s service?

Pope Francis censes a statue of Mary during Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku (CNS)

Pontiff celebrates Mass for 300 people in the capital Baku

Pope Francis attends a welcoming ceremony with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (CNS)

Francis meets President Ilham Aliyev at end of three-day trip

'I just sat in the back pews and felt waves of peace wash over me' (Photo: Mazur)

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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