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Palestinian civil defense officers inspect the rubble of a destroyed tower shortly after the ceasefire was announced (CNS)

Catholic agencies are assessing the level of need following the cease-fire

A Palestinian family flee their house in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip (CNS)

CRS currently delivering humanitarian aid to thousands of Gazans

Sister Gilbert Saliba visits Nidal Alawi, 11, of Gaza in the intensive care unit of St Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

Jerusalem patriarch, meanwhile, says conflict is turning Gaza into a ‘factory for extremists’

A mother and son survey the damage to their home in Gaza after an airstrike earlier this year (CNS)

Hamas clearly fails the St Alphonsus test. Civilian deaths are not just collateral damage – they are its chief weapon

Sister Muna Totah, a member of the Sisters of St  Joseph of the Apparition, treats a young patient at St Joseph Hospital (CNS)

Israeli missile strike hit the house of Christian family in Gaza on Sunday

Palestinian children play outside a UN school that has been transformed into a shelter in Jabalia, Gaza (CNS)

There are few things less appealing than the tribalism which erupts whenever Israel goes to war

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope speaks of children ‘deprived of hope’ in unscripted remarks to faithful

Bishop Richard E Pates of Des Moines, Iowa (CNS) Below: Bishops' delegation enters Gaza (Mazur)

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal visits Gaza (Photo: CNS)

Patriarch to speak to Gaza’s prime minister after order forbidding girls and boys learning together at school

Recordings of the voices of many former popes, including Benedict XVI, feature in the new archive  (AP)

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