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Pope Francis  in St Peter's Square (CNS)

At the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope referred to a string of attacks to hit ‘beloved Syria’

Swiss Cardinal Kurt Koch (CNS)

Cardinal Kurt Koch, who leads ecumenical relations for the Vatican, made the comments at an interfaith meeting in Cambridge

A prayer vigil for Fr Tom Uzhunnalil at St Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Bangalore, India (AP)

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A Dwekh Nawsha militia member sits on top of a tombstone inside a 200-year-old monastery in the Christian village of Bakufa, in Iraq (PA)

The defence spending bill refers specifically to Christians as a group that should be supported in the Middle East

A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

The longer we put off dealing with failed states, the harder it becomes

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks during a conference addressing the persecution of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East and Africa at the UN (CNS)

Carl Anderson, CEO of the Knights of Columbus, was one of the speakers at the conference

Italian police officers patrol St Peter's Square (AP)

Authorities monitored conversations between the suspects via WhatsApp

Italian police and Carabinieri officers on patrol in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Cardinal Nichols (AP)

Cardinal Nichols said that international assistance is required in the Middle East

The House of Commons voted by 278 votes to 0, with backing from all major parties (PA)

The motion calls on the Government to table a resolution at the UN Security Council