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A Syrian refugee girl in Turkey holds 
a picture of St Michael the Archangel (PA)

Flight of a million Christians

An aid mission to embattled Syria reveals that thousands more faithful are fleeing the country than had previously been thought

Damascus, 2015. Syria approaches its fifth Christmas at war  (Kyodo)
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Christians face exile or ‘living under the shadow of Islam’, says Damascus cleric

The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The rector of the Shrine of Fatima says the statue brings with it ‘a message of peace’

A winter coat is removed from a baby in Syria before she is vaccinated (PA)

Archbishop says his people are ‘heroes of the faith’ but face a Christmas of anguish and neglect

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham  and Orthodox Patriarch John X  visit the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, on Easter Sunday (CNS)

Easter messages also offers prayers for people in Lebanon, Iraq and the Holy Land

Maaloula is near the war-torn capital city of Damascus (CNS)

Syrian nuns moved to rebel-held town

The 12 nuns have been moved from Maaloula to the nearby town of Yabroud

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes plea during general audience in St Peter’s Square

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo (CNS)

Five nuns were snatched from the Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla near Damascus

Archbishop Mario Zenari  (AP)

No casualties reported after apostolic nunciature in Damascus hit by rocket on Tuesday morning