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Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders meet for an inter-faith summit in Bkerke (CNS)

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim representatives release joint statement at the conclusion of inter-faith summit

Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

The Prince of Wales  (PA)

Defender of the (Eastern) faith

Prince Charles has a new obsession as strong as his passions for ecology and architecture. He is refusing to stand idly by as Christians are driven out of the Middle East

A Syrian girl looks out from a UNICEF tent in an informal settlement near Amman, Jordan (CNS)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said that young people in the region are suffering ‘the brutal consequences of war’

Christian Iraqi women pray during a Mass at the Maronite Catholic Cathedral of the Resurrection in Rabieh, east of Beirut (CNS)

Maronite Catholic bishops issue statement following a special synod held last week

Assyrian Christians take part in a protest in the Lebanese capital Beirut (AP/Hussein Malla)

US bishops ask faithful to ‘unite with our suffering brothers and sisters’

Iraqi Christians attend Mass at a church in Baghdad (CNS)

Catholics can ‘become promoters of dialogue through peace, prayer and sharing of burdens’, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri has said

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag during a march in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

Aid is being sent to families who fled their homes when ISIS raided Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria

ISIS supporters in Libya (PA)

Taking Christ at His word, we must use this Lent as an opportunity to offer up our prayers for murdered Christians and their killers

Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham (CNS)

Patriarch Laham says the Middle East is suffering a ‘Way of the Cross’ in Lenten message