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People take part in a vigil at Trafalgar Square, London, after the New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub (AP)

2017 is set to be another bleak year unless serious progress in tackling terrorism is made

Asia Bibi, pictured in 2010 (CNS)

Shan Taseer called for prayers for the Christian woman currently on death row for allegedly insulting Islam

A nun inside St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral on Sunday (CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters)

Francis called Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros to express his condolences after the Cairo cathedral attack

A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

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