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The Time magazine Person of the Year cover

‘Septuagenarian superstar’ Francis picked from shortlist that included Edward Snowden and Miley Cyrus

Free Syrian Army fighters take positions as one of them fires his weapon towards what they say are snipers loyal to Syrian President (CNS)

Pope Francis will lead thousands in St Peter’s Square in a prayer vigil for peace on Saturday evening

Civilians amid the rubble after shelling in Aleppo (CNS)

Pope Francis calls again for an end to the fighting in Syria

Mideast Syria

The regime hopes for a Paris-style solution to its rebellion