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St. Elijah's Monastery,  pictured in 2008 (AP)

ISIS destroy Iraq’s oldest monastery

The monastery stood for more than 1,000 years before it was razed by Islamist militants

Bishop Patrick Lynch with Richard Harrington MP (http://www.catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Patrick Lynch met with Richard Harrington MP on Monday

Twenty Egyptian Copts and a Ghanaian man were murdered by ISIS extremists for being Christians

Open Doors list of most dangerous countries dominated by Islamic nations

Bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa process into the Church of the Good Shepherd for a Mass on the grounds of the Our Lady of Peace Center on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan (CNS)

Catholic bishops from around the world took part in a solidarity visit with the ‘forgotten’ Christians of the Middle East

Prince Charles addresses the meeting hosted by hosted by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in December (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The undisclosed gift from the Prince’s charitable foundation was made to Aid to the Church in Need

Fr Dhiya Aziz

Fr Dhiya Aziz, who was reportedly captured by Islamists prior to Christmas, has now been released

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

Bishop Declan Lang will lead a delegation of bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America later this month

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  on the campaign trail (AP)

Mrs Clinton said that the evidence now shows ISIS’s campaign is one of genocide

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism