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Pope Francis arriving at a weekly general audience (AP)

Aid to the Church in Need’s Be God’s Mercy initiative will be launched in Rome on Friday

People carry the coffin of a suicide bomb victim in Lahore, Pakistan (CNS photo/Rahat Dar, EPA)

Christian neighbourhood in Lahore targeted for the second time in two weeks

Pakistani Christians hold candles during a vigil for victims of the Lahore bombing (AP)

In exchange of messages Pakistan archbishop offers thanks for prayers, saying: ‘We feel we are not alone’

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan said he was grief stricken while visiting hospitalised child victims of a March 27 bomb attack in a city park. (CNS photo/courtesy Aid to the Church in Need)

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore says he went from bed to bed listening to accounts of the attack

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks said there was a 'pattern' of terrorism against Christians  (PA)

The former chief rabbi is ‘appalled’ at the international community’s indifference to the plight of Christians

Pakistani Christian women mourn during the funeral service of Sahil Pervez who was killed in the suicide bombing in Lahore (AP)

A breakaway faction of the Taliban said it targeted Christians on Easter Sunday

Women try to comfort a mother who lost her son in the bomb attack in Lahore (AP)

Prominent Christian activist says Pakistan is no longer safe for the faithful

A woman weeps for her injured family members as she tries to speak to security at a hospital in Lahore on Sunday (PA)

The attack in Lahore, Pakistan, left 14 Christians dead along with many Muslims

Yemeni security forces gather outside the Missionaries of Charity home in Aden (AP)

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Pakistan news agencies are reporting that Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to Pakistan (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Despite reports by the country’s news agencies the Vatican says ‘no travel programme’ is currently being studied