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An improvised explosive device, reportedly planted by ISIS, explodes in front of Iraqi special forces vehicles near Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups

People pray during a 2013 Mass in Qingdao, China (CNS)

According to the Holy Spirit Study Centre of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese, the rules would tighten controls of foreign clergy and religious material on the internet

The delegation at an aid distribution centre in Erbil (ACN)

Three MPs met displaced families and attended an ordination ceremony

A congregation of Coptic Christians in Egypt (AP)

Pope Tawadros II said that since 2013 there have been 37 sectarian attacks on Christians in Egypt and urged lawmakers to preserve national unity

Christians make up 10 percent of Egypt's  population. Many say they have experienced persecution (PA)

Sectarian violence against Christians has recently peaked in the south of the country

People walk past a statue of Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin during a celebration of his 145th birthday at the Lenin Hut Museum at Razliv lake, outside St Petersburg, Russia (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

The roll-call of heroes and saints shows just how much courage you needed to live out your faith

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell (AP)

Pakistan’s government has announced that Koranic education will be compulsory for schoolchildren

Iraqi Christians at Mass last Christmas Eve in a Christian refugee camp in Irbil, northern Iraq (AP)

British diplomats and French leaders were among those to warn about religious conflict in post-invasion Iraq

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis spent more than an hour responding to questions during an afternoon visit to Rome’s Villa Nazareth

Displaced families await temporary shelter in Kirkuk, Iraq (CNS)

In a joint statement, Syriac patriarchs said ‘the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding’