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 A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches. The policy has driven an increasing number of Christians and Christian converts 'underground' to secret congregations in private homes and other venues. While the size of the religious community is difficult to measure, studies estimate there more than 65 million Christians inside China with studies supporting the possibility it could become the most Christian nation in the world within a decade.

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A Chinese Christian woman prays during a service at an underground independent Protestant Church in Beijing, China. China, an officially atheist country, places a number of restrictions on Christians and allows legal practice of the faith only at state-approved churches

udanese Christian Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag (R) is assisted by Italian Deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (L) as she arrives with her children Maya and Martin, at the Ciampino airport in Rome on July 24, 2014.  Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag who was sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, then acquitted after intense international pressure on Khartoum, arrived today in Italy with her family en route to the United States. AFP PHOTO /STRINGERSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag from Sudan is assisted by Lapo Pistelli, Italian deputy foreign minister, as she arrives with her children Maya and Martin at the Ciampino airport in Rome on Thursday. She was sentenced to death in Sudan for renouncing Islam and converting to Christianity, then acquitted after intense international pressure on Khartoum. She will reside in the US. 

Participants march on the street during "Alilo",

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Georgians take part in a religious procession known as Alilo, in Tbilisi, to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas

People gather in the Christian ...TOPSHOTS People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic, on December 18, 2013.   The Christian camp is on one side, the Muslim camp on another, separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes, a no man's land swirling with bitterness, rumours and accusations .AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOURFRED DUFOUR/AFP/Getty Images

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People gather in the Christian refugee camp in Bossangoa, Central African Republic. Christians and Muslims used to live to together in relative harmony in Bossangoa, but now religious tensions are high and the two sides live in camps separated by a red dirt road littered with abandoned homes. 

A Christian Orthodox pilgrim holds a wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa during a procession marking the Orthodox Good Friday on May 3, 2013 in Jerusalem's old city. Thousands of Christian pilgrims take part in processions along the route where, according to tradition, Jesus Christ carried the cross during his last days.

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A Christian Orthodox pilgrim holds a wooden cross during a procession along the Via Dolorosa marking the Orthodox Good Friday in Jerusalem‘s old city. Thousands of pilgrims take part in processions along the route where, according to tradition, Jesus carried the cross during his last days.

An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela May 3, 2013.

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An Orthodox Christian walks between the famous monolithic rock-cut churches during a Good Friday celebration in Lalibela, Ethiopia.

A Cambodian farmer drives his motorbike on a wooden bridge leading to a Christian church while it is fixed by ethnics Vietnamese at Koh Phos village in Kandal Province, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

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A Cambodian farmer rides his motorbike on a wooden bridge leading to a Christian church, which is being repaired by ethnic Vietnamese at Koh Phos village in Kandal Province, about 25 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.