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Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican representative vows to remain in Libya in solidarity with Catholic community

Prince Charles met the Iraqi Christians straight after arriving in Jordan (PA)

Prince Charles gives support to displaced Christians during Middle East visit

A displaced woman and child flee violence from ISIS in Sinjar, Iraq (CNS)

Violence against women ‘tears at the very fabric of society’, says Vatican diplomat

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis prays for victims of violent protests and targeted attacks against the Church in Niger

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the Islamists

A North Korean defector prays in Seoul (CNS)

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era

Coptic Christian Samir Mujeed weeps as he holds a photo of his 23-year-old son, Girgis Samir, who was abducted in Libya (PA)

Photos of alleged captives posted on Islamist internet forum

Pope Francis (AP)

The Vatican has released a translation of the speech delivered by Francis at the Apostolic Palace

A delegation of Australian bishops to Lebanon and Iraq distribute gifts to refugees ahead of Christmas at Caritas Lebanon (CNS)

Australian bishops say they have seen ‘Christ reborn again’ among refugees in Lebanon and Iraq

Women gather at a chapel in a camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in August (CNS)

Warning comes 25 years after Catholicism was re-legalised in the country