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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

South Korean activists shout slogans at an anti-nuclear rally (CNS)

Following North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, the Vatican fears for stability in the region

Twenty Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian man were murdered by ISIS extremists for being Christians

Open Doors list of most dangerous countries dominated by Islamic nations

Hyeon Soo Lim, pastor of the Light Korean Presbyterian Church in Toronto, is escorted to his sentencing in Pyongyang, North Korea (AP)

The People’s Republic of North Korea is surely the nearest thing we have to an Orwellian totalitarian state

Palestinian and Vatican flags are displayed at a refugee camp in the West Bank during Benedict XVI's Holy Land visit in 2009 (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/08/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

People bow to statues of North Korea’s founder Kim Il-sung and his son Kim Jong-il (PA)

An enjoyable account of the barely believable lengths the former North Korea went to in the name of propaganda

A North Korean defector prays in Seoul (CNS)

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era

Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul (AP)

In Christmas message cardinal remembers victims of Sewol ferry accident

The Interview, which fell victim to North Korean cyberattacks (AP)

Western liberals like to outrage and offend people who can’t harm them

Fr Gerard Hammond has made 51 trips to the North since 1995 (CNS)

Maryknoll Father Fr Gerard Hammond has made 51 trips to the North since 1995