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Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Lebanon (PA)

The Syrian Observatory on Human Rights has reported a group of elderly Christians kidnapped by Islamists in February have been freed

African Christians worship in an Anglican church in Tripoli (PA)

The taking of the three men is the latest in a series of kidnappings of Middle East Christians

Pope Francis talks with Cuban President Raul Castro (CNS)

The Cuban leader claims he may come back to the Church, but is it nothing more than a canny move to shift the focus from the repressive nature of his regime?

People gather around the ruins of the burned Bama Market in Maiduguri, Nigeria (CNS)

Aid to the Church in Need say 5,000 Catholics have been killed in one diocese alone

Catholics at a rally for religious freedom in the US (CNS)

Facing hostility from secularists at home and violence from Islamists abroad, the faithful should stop pursuing lost social causes and focus instead on defending religious freedom

Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds souvenir of Holy Family as boy looks on at a Lebanese church (CNS)

Cardinal Bechara Rai tells UNESCO that Christians are ‘irreplaceable peacemakers’ and, without them, ‘Islam will fall into the hands of fundamentalists’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis sends message to the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church after latest ISIS massacre

Bishop Angaelos, general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK (CNS)

Bishop Angaelos, the general bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK, has released a statement following murder of Christians in Libya

Hal St John of Ooberfuse and Archbishop Warda in the We Are One video

Archbishop Warda recites Lord’s Prayer in track by London-based band Ooberfuse

A demonstrator burns a cross during a protest in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore, Pakistan (CNS photo/Adrees Hassain, Reuters)

A teenage boy was attacked on Friday for saying he was a Christian