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People take part in a vigil at Trafalgar Square, London, after the New Year attack on an Istanbul nightclub (AP)

2017 is set to be another bleak year unless serious progress in tackling terrorism is made

Pope Francis kisses a statue of the Christ Child as he celebrates Mass in St Peter's on New Year's Day (AP)

Say ‘no’ to hatred and violence and ‘yes’ to fraternity and reconciliation, urges Pontiff

Family members and friends attend the funeral service for Gulsen Bahadir, 28, a flight attendant killed at the blasts at Ataturk airport (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Church leaders in the US and Britain have offered prayers for Turkey following the Istanbul terror attack

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a news conference in Tehran (AP)

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Police officers install security barriers at the historic Sultanahmet district after Tuesday's bombing (AP)

A suspected member of ISIS has killed at least 10 people in a suicide bombing in the Turkish capital

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul last year (AP)

A Vatican delegation has travelled to Istanbul on Monday for the feast of St Andrew the Apostle

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I in Istanbul last year (AP)

Pope asks Patriarch to ‘bless me and the Church of Rome’

Francis stands next to the Grand Mufti of Istanbul, Rahmi Yaran, right, at the Blue Mosque in Istanbul (AP)

Francis’s prayer in Blue Mosque recalls Benedict XVI’s famous gesture in 2006

Pope Francis with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (PA)

Pope Francis to visit Blue Mosque in Istanbul