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Mourners gather on the street as coffins arrive for a funeral Mass in Baghdad (Photo: PA)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols says his thoughts and prayers are with all those Iraqis struggling against violence and extremism

It is hard to fathom the brutality of Sunday’s church massacre

Men mourn outside outside Our Lady of Salvation, the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad (Photo: CNS)

Syrian Catholic patriarch, meanwhile, attacks indifference of free world to suffering of Iraqi Christians

Bishops at the closing Mass of the Synod at St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

Middle East bishops had a right to speak up for Palestinians at the Synod

Nuns and bystanders are seen outside Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Dozens of Iraqi Catholics were killed yesterday after Islamic militants took worshippers hostage during Mass

Pope Benedict XVI shakes hands with Muhammad al-Sammak, adviser to the chief mufti of Lebanon (Photo: CNS)

Muslim scholars address Synod of Bishops

Islam promotes respect for Christians and Jews, Muslim scholars tell Synod

The tower of a church and the minaret of a nearby mosque are seen in the West Bank city of Ramallah (Photo: CNS)

The timing of the Middle East Synod is unfortunate

Hundreds of Church representatives from the Middle East will participate in the synod of bishops

From left to right: John Pontifex, Fr Samir Khalil Samir, Neville Kyrke-Smith, 
Margaret Reagan, Fr Richard Duffield, Peter Sefton-Williams, Fr Gregory Winterton

Problem of extremism examined

Vatican expert speaks on impact of extremism in the Middle East