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A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq (CNS)

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month

An employee of a state-owned candy store in Havana looks outside near a painting depicting Cuba's former President Fidel Castro, following the announcement of Castro's death (CNS photo/Reuters)

Archbishop Wenski invoked the prayers of Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba

Cardinal Zen (AP)

The cardinal said if the Vatican cannot get a ‘good deal’ from the Chinese government then it must walk away from negotiations

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok  (AP)

The governor cannot leave the country while the investigation is underway

A Christian Iraqi woman cries after she seeing the destruction at the St Addai church (AP)

A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic church

'Justice' and 'We want the priest' is written in Spanish on the wall of the torched and ransacked Municipal Palace in Catemaco, Veracruz, after the abduction of Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz (AP)

Fr Jose Luis Sanchez Ruiz was the third priest abducted in Veracruz since September – the other two were killed

Internally displaced Christian women pray during Mass at the St Joseph Cathedral in Ankawa, northern Iraq (AP)

Archbishop Bashar Warda said 100,000 people have begun preparations to return to ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain

A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia (AP)

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House

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