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Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly (CNS)

Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly spent more than two decades in prison and 15 years under house arrest

Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Terezia Rackova (CNS)

Holy Spirit Missionary Sister Veronika Theresia Rackova was killed while driving an ambulance

Worshippers at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, China (CNS)

Bishop Zhang Huaixin, who spent years in labour camps, was admired as a role model for Chinese Catholics

The Trevi Fountain in Rome is lit in red during an event to raise awareness of the plight of Christian martyrs (CNS)

The event was sponsored by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks during a conference addressing the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa at the UN (CNS)

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, was one of the speakers at the conference

President Xi Jinping  (AP)

Over the past two years authorities in China have torn down church crosses and other outward symbols of the Christian faith

Nigerian's attend a Bring Back Our Girls protest outside the presidential villa in Abuja (CNS)

Bishops Matthew Audu of Lafia and George Dodo of Zaria urged officials to boost intelligence gathering efforts

The damaged St Sarkis Church in Sadad, Syria (CNS)

Refugees making their way back to the city of Sadad more than two years after it was overrun by terrorists

Chinese Catholics receive Communion in 2012 during Christmas Eve Mass in Beijing (CNS)

If Vatican diplomacy is contemplating a compromise with China it would be a huge defeat for religious liberty

Victims' pictures are displayed on a table in Sarajevo as people watch a TV broadcast of the international tribunal  that convicted Radovan Karadzic of genocide  (CNS)

The 40-year sentence for Radovan Karadzic ‘won’t solve our problems’ , a spokesman for the country’s bishops has said