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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

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Our Christian Adams cartoon on the plight of Christians in Mosul

When is silence from Western leaders a shrewd political strategy and when is it simply cowardice?

Benedict XVI meets school children during a celebration of Catholic education in 2010. It remains popular among parents, if not voters           (PA)

The Trojan Horse scandal only emphasised how neither side of the debate is telling the whole truth

Pius XII prepares to give a radio address in 1943 (CNS)

A new book suggests the wartime pope used all the means within his power to help Jews

Pope Francis with Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, right, and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau at the Heichal Shlomo centre (PA)

Pope honoured by Israel’s voluntary emergency services organisation

The Last Supper as imagined by Leonardo da Vinci

Pope Benedict XVI: the Last Supper

Here we print an extract from the Pope’s new book, Jesus of Nazareth Part II

The Italian prime minister at the Senate in Rome last week (Photo: PA)

L’Osservatore Romano said the offensive joke was a ‘sad’ example of the decline of public discourse in Italy

Pius XII during a radio broadcast in 1947 (AP Photo/Luigi Felici)

Harold Bloom said he wanted to bin all the remaining copies of his novel. Perhaps that idea could be taken up elsewhere

Pope may have saved thousands of Jewish lives by secretly securing visas so they could escape the Third Reich, a German historian claims