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Bishop John Joseph: A sacrifice never to be forgotten

16 years after the death of Bishop John Joseph, the Pakistani government still has much to do in order to protect Christians

Pope says he cried over images of Christians allegedly crucified

His comments in homily follow the printing of photographs apparently showing crucifixions in Syria

Central African Republic Archbishop pleads with British government for help

Archbishop Nzapalainga in London to urge politicians to lobby for UN intervention

Secularism cuts both ways: the Church should stay out of politics, but the State should stay out of the Church

North Korea, China and Saudi Arabia share with the Tudor’s a fear of Catholicism as a rival authority

State hostility towards religion on the increase around the world

The number of states hostile to Christians up to 110, according to new figures

Francis has challenged Islamic countries to grant religious freedom to Christians – will Western politicians follow his lead?

In his apostolic exhortation the Pontiff is also brave to suggest that Islam has its origins in Christianity

Thousands in Central African Republic turn to bishop for protection

More than 35,000 people are living on the 40-acre diocesan compound in Bossangoa

Pope Francis calls for full religious freedom in the Middle East

Pontiff holds two-hour private meeting with patriarchs and major archbishops of the Eastern Catholic churches

No one wants to admit that there’s a war on Christians

Even western Christians turn a blind eye to the worst persecution of our times

‘Intolerance in Indonesia is becoming mainstream’

Indonesia has long been celebrated for its pluralism, but there are signs that this may be about to change