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Ukrainian government soldiers take a rest on the road between the towns of Dabeltseve and Artemivsk on Sunday (PA)

Bishops make plea for unity and independence for Ukraine

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 (AP)

Francis will offer encouragement to Catholic minority in the Balkan country

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

Bishop Mark Davies will urge the faithful to remember the true meaning of Christmas (Simon Caldwell)

Bishop Davies says society must not attempt to achieve ‘cohesion’ by purging references to Christianity

Pop Francis speaking at the Vatican this week (CNS)

Francis has called on world leaders and people of faith to work together to rid the world of the threat of nuclear weapons

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

Young adults have a complex view of just war

The Duke of Cambridge at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall on Remembrance Sunday (CNS)

Although we may have not have a truly Christian Remembrance Sunday, it doesn’t mean the ceremony lacks religious significance.

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

Vatican’s UN nuncio makes comments in statement to Security Council