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Children raise their hands in front of a mural of St. Josephine Bakhita, an African slave who died in 1947, at St. Bakhita Catholic Church in a displaced persons camp in Jeberona, Sudan (CNS)

In many parts of the world, slavery is still common

A Saudi Arabian woman at a gift shop in Riyadh (AP)

Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on St Valentine’s Day might be ridiculous but it is also understandable

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

Relatives lower the casket of a man who was killed in suicide attack on a church in Peshawar, Pakistan (CNS)

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (Photo: PA)

The Saudi King might want inter-religous dialogue but prayer is all the Church can offer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the launch of the centre (Photo courtesy of KAICIID)

The centre, based in Vienna, might actually be illegal in Saudi Arabia itself

Fr Paul Lei Shiyin, holding crosier on right, after his episcopal ordination without a papal mandate (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Leshan, UCAN)

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