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Syrian women light candles before attending a prayer service at the Melkite Catholic patriarchate in Damascus (CNS)

Fr Antoine Boutros and his driver have not been seen since July 12

Francis praised pilgrims yesterday for attending the Angelus in Rome's fierce summer heat (AP)

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Fr Dall'Oglio was asked to leave Syria but couldn't bear to desert the count country he loved. (CNS)

Six clergy have vanished without trace since the Syrian conflict erupted. Many fear the worst, but we must never give up hope that they will be found

Lord Weidenfeld

George Weidenfeld says he has a ‘debt to repay’ after Christians helped him reach and settle in Britain in 1938

Fr Dhiya Azziz

Iraqi priest Fr Dhiya Azziz, who was taken on July 4, has now been freed, according to Custody of the Holy Land

Fr Frans with civilians in January 2014, three months before his death (CNS)

Fr Frans van der Lugt was killed in Homs last year

Prime Minister David Cameron during Friday's minute's silence for victims of the Tunisia terrorist attack (CNS)

More than a decade after 9/11 our leaders are still struggling to confront the threat of Islamism

Syrian refugees in Jordan. Millions are displaced (CNS)

Maronite leader appeals to worldwide faithful for help

Bangladeshi social activists hold a banner displaying a portrait of blogger and author Ananta Bijoy Das during a protest who was murdered last month (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

Catholics must stick up for atheists

Atheists share with Christians the plight of being persecuted worldwide for their convictions. They must unite to demand the freedom to follow their beliefs – whatever they may be