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Persecution of Christians worse than in early Church, says Francis

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

Action is being taken to help Christians in the Middle East

A grassroots campaign is under way in the US to fight the oppression of religious minorities

Bishops in Cameroon demand release of Canadian nun and Italian priests

Kidnapping has been blamed on Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram

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