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A Syrian soldier surveys damages at Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain, (AP Photo)

The relics were discovered amid the rubble of the desecrated Mar Elian Church in Qaryatain

Men stand next to a crater made by a car bomb attack near the presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

Four nuns were shot dead along with elderly residents of a care home in Aden

Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham (CNS/Khaled al Hariri, Reuters)

‘It is reckless to think of military interventions,’ says Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham

Fides said many of the killings were carried out with 'brutality and ferociousness' (AP)

Vatican Congregation hails 18 Catholics who died caring for Ebola patients

Children at Regina Mundi Catholic church in Soweto. The Church continues to grow in Africa (CNS)

Study reports that there were 1.23 billion faithful worldwide at the end of 2012

Smoke rises from Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike earlier this week (CNS)

Priest and nuns had to evacuate 29 severely disabled children and nine elderly women

Holy Land Coordination bishops at Mass in Gaza
(Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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