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A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’

Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from ISIS militants in Mosul pray at a school acting as a refugee camp (CNS)

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil calls for military intervention during visit to Parliament

A memorial outside the French embassy in Berlin yesterday (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

It is time to go back to the Regensburg speech

Blood stains on the floor of the Jesus Joy church in Kenya as police officers attend the scene (PA)

The recent attack on the Jesus Joy Church, which left at least six people dead, is thought to be the work of Al-Shabaab

Boy measures mortar shell on a machine in weapons factory of the Free Syrian Army in Aleppo (CNS)

Our Government’s indifference to Syria makes it the most anti-Christian Government to date

Pope Francis led a vigil to pray for peace in Syria in St Peter's Square last weekend (CNS)

We must demand that our moralising, ineffectual political leaders take action

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham (CNS photo/Reuters)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 12/09/13

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Lord Williams of Oystermouth

Lord Williams’s comments highlight how Christians are on the back foot in this country

The civil war continues to rage in Syria and fears are growing for the safety of Jesuit Father Paolo Dall'Oglio  (Photo: CNS)

Foreign Minister says “it seems Father Dall’Oglio has been kidnapped by an Islamist group”