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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

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Whatever we do, the people of Syria will remain victims of one of the most murderous political criminals—and also of the weakest international leadership—of modern times

Fr Murad, who was murdered by rebels in Syria

Have we learned nothing from Afghanistan and Iraq?

The Assad regime has its supporters (Muzaffar Salman/AP/Press Association Images)

There are no good guys in the Syrian conflict; people can only choose the lesser of evils

Archbishop Mario Zenari  (AP)

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Lawyers await a judgment at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague (Photo: PA)

The existence of the International Criminal Court has probably led to tens of thousands of deaths. As for human rights…

Security officials inspect the site of a bomb blast in Aleppo, Syria (CNS photo/SANA handout via Reuters)

Archbishop of Damascus says that Catholics say goodbye to each other after Mass, uncertain whether they will meet again

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

Edward Leigh says that Christians have found an ‘oasis of relative calm’ under the ‘nasty’ regime

Official photograph apparently showing President Bashar al-Assad receiving General Dawood Rajiha (Photo: Balkis Press/ABACAPRESS.COM)

Syria’s dictator has appointed a Greek Orthodox general as his new minister of defence: Christians may face retribution