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Maronite Catholic bishops pose for a photo during their June 13-17 annual synod at Bkerke, the patriarchal seat north of Beirut, Lebanon (CNS)

The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope Francis spent more than an hour responding to questions during an afternoon visit to Rome’s Villa Nazareth

Muslim worshippers walk towards the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS)

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran for Eid al-Fitr was published by the Vatican last week

Displaced families await temporary shelter in Kirkuk, Iraq (CNS)

In a joint statement, Syriac patriarchs said ‘the wound of forced emigration is still bleeding’

Volunteers at a community shop run by the SVP

The SVP has helped many people regain their confidence after suffering from mental illness

Nuns watch as a team of experts begin renovation of Jesus's tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City (AP)

A team of experts began a historic restoration project in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Monday

Pope Francis greets people during a visit to Christuskirche, a parish of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Rome (CNS)

The prayer service will commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis praised the course of women (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Women who serve their families with joy are courageous, the Pope said during a morning homily

Syrian children wait for treatment at the hospital of a refugee camp (AP)

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country

'We need to make profound changes in the way we do things' (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

A report on the state of Catholicism in England and Wales makes for worrying, if not surprising, reading