Christian persecution

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

His comments in homily follow the printing of photographs apparently showing crucifixions in Syria

Prime minister says we must stand up for persecuted

We need to publicise attacks on Christians until our politicians can no longer ignore them

Persecution is a localised phenomenon rather than a truly global one

The one saint who seems to give the Church a good name, St Francis would have sought converts