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An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus during a special Mass for Assyrian Christians (CNS)

ISIS militants have stepped up their attacks on Assyrian Christian towns in northern Syria.

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

According to reports, ISIS have released a number of Christians kidnapped in north-east Syria last month but have taken more hostages

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag during a march in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

Aid is being sent to families who fled their homes when ISIS raided Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria

Pope Francis (CNS)

Recognising one’s own faults gives people ‘peace and well-being’, Pontiff explains in homily

ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag as they protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

ISIS kidnapped an estimated 220 Christians in north-eastern Syria last month

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assyrian Christians were taken after militants attacked villages

Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham (CNS)

Patriarch Laham says the Middle East is suffering a ‘Way of the Cross’ in Lenten message

Pope Francis (PA)

Pope Francis invited to visit Scotland

Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland issued invite during Vatican meeting

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican representative vows to remain in Libya in solidarity with Catholic community