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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis meet in June 2013 (AP)

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An Assyrian woman at a protest following the kidnapping. ISIS has demanded millions of dollars for their release (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Over 200 hostages now face a Sharia court in Raqqa

Displaced Christians in Erbil, Iraq (Photo: Mazur/

Brighton mother of two has mobilised the efforts of 100 parishes

Metropolitan Boulos, left, and Yohanna Ibrahim, kidnapped two years ago today

Greek Orthodox patriarch makes appeal for kidnapped prelates, one of them his brother

Nardine and her family are living in a monastery after fleeing ISIS

The documentary ‘Kill the Christians’ forces Britons to confront the plight of the suffering Church

'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost'

A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten

Pope Francis is greeted by Catholicos Aram I, second left, and the head of Armenia's Orthodox Church Karekin II at St Peter's Basilica (PA)

A new book describes why Turkey is right to have an uneasy conscience over its treatment of the Armenians

Displaced women sit outside tent at camp in Iraq (CNS)

Religious minorities are preparing to mark the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians

Christians who fled unrest in Syria and Iraq at a February protest in Beirut (CNS)

Catholic patriarchs have used their Easter messages to speak out over the suffering of Christians in Syria and Iraq

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats to civilians in Homs, Syria (CNS)

A most annoying martyr

Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was shot dead by Islamists a year ago in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, was a man of unbelievable energy, stubbornness and courage