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Christian Iraqi women pray during a Mass at the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Rabieh, east of Beirut (CNS)

Maronite Catholic bishops issue statement following a special synod held last week

Pakistani Christians pray for victims of a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches on Sunday (PA)

The latest bombings show the Pakistani state to be weak in the face of terror and that the Taliban is still very much in business

A portion of the Book of Isaiah from the Dead Sea scrolls on display in Jerusalem (PA)

Time for another Dead Sea earthquake

The chronology of earthquakes in the Holy Land from the Bronze Age to the present is alarming

A French soldier stands guard outside St Joseph Cathedral in Bambari, Central African Republic (CNS)

Bishop Nestor-Desire Nongo Aziagbia says that the Pope ‘responded positively’ to an invitation from the country’s bishops’ conference

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope makes comments in address to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies

An elderly Yazidi in front of the Sharaf al-Deen temple shrine (PA)

Gerard Russell’s new book poses the question, what can we learn from the variety of religious beliefs found in the Middle East?

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

Cardinal-designate Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar

Burmese Buddhist nationalists have been targeting Muslim groups

A Kenyan Christian re-enacts the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Christians around the world will endanger their lives this Christmas to celebrate their faith

William and George both appear in the top twenty of  most popular boys names in the UK in 2014 (PA)

European-wide Christian names were a product of Christendom