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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

A board shows the result of today's child euthanasia vote (AP)

Belgium’s chilly detachment from the sick and dependent is widening

Belgian politicians debate the bill on child euthanasia at the Belgian federal parliament in Brussels yesterday (PA)

The House of Representatives has voted to extend Belgium’s euthanasia law to children

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard (CNS)

‘I hope the political class will be persuaded to reflect,’ says Archbishop Leonard

Belgian lawyers Walter Van Steenbrugge and Christine Mussche arrive at a press conference in Ghent yesterday (CNS photo/Eric Vidal, Reuters)

Belgian bishops have agreed to compensate victims even if the statute of limitations has run out

Archbishop Léonard pauses at a news conference earlier this year (CNS photo/Francois Lenoir, Reuters)

Archbishop Léonard tells commission that payments could also be demanded by unhappy children of same-sex parents

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard writes a letter to his flock explaining remarks which have sparked heated controversies in the Belgian Church

A spokesman for Cardinal Danneels says he was naive to think he could help the family reach a reconciliation (Photo: CNS)

A spokesman for Cardinal Danneels says his remarks have been taken out of context

Pope deplores police raid on Belgian Church

Police opened tombs, searched the home of a retired cardinal and detained bishops for nine hours