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Pope Francis’s visit to Turkey puts spotlight on besieged Christians

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass (Photo: CNS)

Most believers 'hide their cross'

Archbishop Bernard Longley (Photo: Mazur/

Archbishop: many people today do not know the basic facts of Jesus’s life

Archbishop Longley, praising a Nativity exhibition, says story ‘needs to be retold’

The Real Madrid team (Photo: PA). Below, the club crest with the cross at the top

Real Madrid drops cross from club crest after Abu Dhabi deal

Christian element of crest edited out throughout the Middle East

Westminster Cathedral, the mother church for Catholics in England and Wales, was consecrated in 1910 (Photo: PA)

Ukip official mistakes Westminster Cathedral for a mosque

Ukip South Thanet office accuses the BBC of bias for filming in front of it

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass (Photo: CNS)

Pope Francis’s visit to Turkey puts spotlight on besieged Christians

Most believers ‘hide their cross’

Bishop Mark Davies (Photo: Mazur/

Increase in holiness by making time for your children, says bishop

Bishop of Shrewsbury offers practical tips on how to be holy

James MacMillan presents a manuscript to Prince Charles (Photo: PA)

After John, now Luke: James MacMillan to unveil new Passion piece

Composer says new St Luke Passion focuses on Christ’s ‘sanctity and mystery’

Cardinal John Tong Hon walks through St  Peter's Square in March (CNS photo/Dylan Martinez, Reuters)

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Protesters in Hong Kong (Photo: PA). Below, Giovanni Pang with the Pope (Credit: UCA News)

Catholic teenager who met the Pope arrested in Hong Kong

Giovanni Pang, who took a selfie with Francis in South Korea, is one of 100 arrested protesters

The Pope said that belonging to the Church truly is a wonderful gift, which calls us to the highest vocation (CNS)

Belonging to the Church is a ‘wonderful gift’ says Pope

The Pope was speaking to pilgrims in St Peter’s Square in his weekly General Audience

ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Reports: ISIS militants damage convent in Mosul

Militants have been said to be using the convent as a logistics base

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have increased

Catholic aid workers and priests in Jerusalem finding life difficult as tensions increase

Violence mounts following synagogue murders

Bishop John H Ricard Below: Demonstrators hold signs in Oakland (CNS)

Bishop: Catholics should ‘rekindle’ commitment to end racism

Bishop John H Ricard said that the divide between blacks and whites must be addressed

Benedict XVI, assisted by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Archbishop Georg Ganswein, arrives for Pope Francis's encounter with the elderly in St Peter's Square (Photo: CNS)

Here is Benedict’s Evangelii Gaudium: will Francis take it to heart?

The joy of the gospel, says Pope Benedict, lies in the authentic truth about God

Soldiers carry a large poster of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk  (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

Which way will Turkey turn?

President Erdogan seems to be doing much to reverse Atatürk’s secular reforms

Pope Francis greets some women as he arrives to celebrate a Mass for peace and for the reconciliation of North and South Korea (CNS)

Memo to the Guardian: Pope Francis is not ageist or sexist

Pope Francis has a strong track record on respect for women and the elderly

Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg (PA)

Pope Francis’s speech on Europe could have come from the lips of St John Paul II or Benedict XVI

It’s been said that Francis represents a rupture with the past, but that is not the case here

UKIP Leader Nigel Farage and supporters celebrate winning the Rochester and Strood by-election (PA)

Catholics must decide whether they stand with Ukip or Leo XIII

I understand Nigel Farage’s appeal, but purple and yellow will never be my colours

Pope Francis and EU Parliament President Martin Schulz Below: Francis addresses MEPs (PA)

Pope Francis believes the European project has gone badly wrong

The Pope’s speech in Strasbourg marks a huge shift in the Church’s stance on the EU

JRR Tolkien in 1967 (Photo: PA)

How Narnia and Middle Earth helped an atheist professor find her faith

Books blog: Dr Holly Ordway’s Not God’s Type recounts a fascinating and uplifting journey

Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

The war against ISIS continues in the Middle East, and the war of words continues at home

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

A scene from John Lewis's 'Monty the Penguin' advert Below: Sainsburys' First World War effort

Don’t let soppy adverts ruin your Advent

Christmas has become so debased in Britain perhaps it should be renamed to avoid confusion with the real thing

Cardinal Robert Sarah (CNS)

We can expect clarity and leadership from Cardinal Sarah

The Church in Africa has a sharp understanding of the transcendent and sacred

Bill Murray (PA)

Five unlikely celebrity fans of the traditional Latin Mass

Bill Murray is not the only celeb in love with the Old Mass

The Pope kisses the feet of residents of a shelter for drug users during his time as Cardinal in Buenos Aire (CNS)

Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict XVI’s missionary message

The most formative influence on Pope Francis has been the poverty of the ordinary people in his native Buenos Aires