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Children paddle in water in Navotas City, Philippines (CNS)

Archbishop Socrates Villegas says the Philippines is taking ‘all possible approaches’ to dealing with environmental issues

Muslim and Christian leaders attend Mass together. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Fr Jaques Mourad worked tirelessly for displaced refugees, regardless of their religion

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

A demonstrator burns a cross during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Pakistan (CNS photo/Adrees Hassain, Reuters)

A teenage boy was attacked on Friday for saying he was a Christian

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will offer encouragement to Catholic minority in the Balkan country

An anti-Charlie Hebdo demonstration in Pakistan (CNS)

Four students were reportedly injured in the attack

Trappist Father Thomas Merton (CNS)

The Trappist who couldn’t be silenced

Thomas Merton was funny, daring and loquacious. That got him into trouble with the Church authorities, but it didn’t stop him becoming a great modern spiritual guide

Muslim women pray outside court in Putrajaya, Malaysia (PA)

The legal dispute began five years ago

People gather in Trafalgar Square to remember the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in France (PA)

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was iconoclastic in the traditional sense – an attack on makers of images

Children in  a nativity play in a Catholic school (AP)

The end of the Christmas play would be a great shame