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Villagers walk toward Goma, Congo, to flee regional fighting  (CNS photo/Dai Kurokawa, EPA)

Pope Francis and the UN have called for action after at least 36 Christians are hacked to death

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

Mourners gather around the coffin of Sandy Shabib Zahri, a Christian student murdered in a bomb attack near Mosul, Iraq (AP Photo)

COMECE urges EU foreign ministry to set up a ‘religion unit’ to promote cause of religious freedom more effectively