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Armenians are escorted to prison by Ottoman soldiers in April 1915  (AP Photo, File)

Christian militias are merely defending villages from an enemy that will show no mercy. But in doing so they must make dangerous choices

Baroness Cox (front, second from right) and Lord Hylton (back, fourth from right) with President al-Assad (courtesy of Lord Hylton)

Catholic peer meets President Assad

Lord Hylton was part of a delegation that met Bashar al-Assad during a week-long trip to the country

A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

The longer we put off dealing with failed states, the harder it becomes

The ruined Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain (AP)

St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summer

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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Vladimir Putin has outfoxed the West in the Middle East
(AP)

America and Britain have helped to endanger minorities in the Middle East

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and Pope Francis meet in June 2013 (AP)

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Pope Francis at yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Archbishop Mario Zenari  (AP)

No casualties reported after apostolic nunciature in Damascus hit by rocket on Tuesday morning

Francis made a powerful appeal for peace last Sunday (AP)

At first, the Pope’s appeals for peace exasperated me. Surely we had passed the point of no return