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Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, the Saudi grand mufti, comments have angered some Shia Muslims (AP)

The Sunni-Shia conflict forces Governments to make tricky diplomatic choices. Iran seems a better prospect

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, centre, speaks during a press conference (AP Photo/David Goldman)

The relationship between Church and State in Russia is far too close

St Teresa in Ecstasy by Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel in Rome's  Santa Maria della Vittoria (Wikipedia)

There are profoundly differing visions of God in the world, and these dictate the sort of societies that we have built for ourselves

'Revolution' - not a popular word in Saudi Arabia

National Geographic issue not allowed for ‘cultural reasons’

The Grand Mufti prays at a mosque in Riyadh (Photo: PA)

Unless Western powers show they care about human rights they will be exposed as hypocrites

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