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Bishop John Sherrington with members of the Catholic Church and the World Methodist Council in Malaysia for their fourth joint meeting

Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster is calling for prayers for the country’s Christians

Bangladeshi social activists hold a banner displaying a portrait of blogger and author Ananta Bijoy Das during a protest who was murdered last month (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Catholics must stick up for atheists

Atheists share with Christians the plight of being persecuted worldwide for their convictions. They must unite to demand the freedom to follow their beliefs – whatever they may be

Asia Bibi's daughters pose with a photograph of their mother (Photo: CNS)

Christian woman on death row for five years is transferred to a different prison

Christians in Pakistan light candles in protest against the mob killing of a couple last November (Photo: CNS)

The appeal to Britain’s Foreign Secretary follows a series of mob attacks

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

“There is no fourth secret and there are no other hidden secrets,” says Cardinal Amato

Vatican Cardinal João Braz de Aviz signed the message from religious (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

Nearly 1,300 religious meeting in Rome thank the suffering for ‘their witness of fidelity’

When baby Mariam was born her mother laid her in a bed made from a plastic bag Below: Refugees in a camp near Erbil (Sahar Mansour)

In an Iraqi Christian refugee camp old men savour memories of Christmas dinners and young mothers anxiously nurse their newborns

Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

Cardinal Nichols and the Rt Revd Tony Robinson (Photo: Mazur/

Cardinal Nichols says the murder ‘sullies the reputation of a great nation’

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (CNS)

Pope Francis writes to Tony Abbott ahead of G20 summit in Brisbane