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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

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Pope John Paul II shake hands in 2001 (PA)

Mr Arafat was moved to tears by Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ

Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, who resigned this year (CNS)

The German Church is superbly organised, but its coercive tax is weakening the Catholic faith

The Every Man Remembered Sculpture is unveiled in Trafalgar Square (PA)

Our way of dealing with death is to stand in respectful silence and watch the Queen

Pakistani Christians shout slogans during a protest at the killing of a Christian couple accused of blasphemy (CNS)

Christians are not only in danger from Muslim mobs, but also their own government

Members of the Youth Union of Turkey protest after violence between Kurdish protesters and Turkish police (AP Photo)

If Turkey is an example to the Middle East, it is not a particularly inspiring one

'It's wrong to admit someone in an irregular union to Holy Communion in the first place, and wrong too from a practical point of view'

Next year’s Synod must stick to the current teaching and resist harmful innovation

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

There are worse places to be (AP)

Let’s raise a Kinnie to one of the world’s most beautiful – and most Catholic – cities

Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, with a group of synod auditors (CNS)

Any talk of a split between North and South is an attack on the Catholic nature of the Church