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Topic: Middle East

The Explainer: can Pope Francis be the protector of persecuted Christians?

A guide to the harder-to-grasp aspects of Catholic news stories

We must welcome Christians fleeing the Middle East to Britain

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

Pope Francis urges Christians in the Middle East to keep faith

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches

Pope Francis calls on Christians to pray for governments to help refugees

Also asks faithful to pray for Middle East during general audience

‘Violence cannot be defeated by violence,’ Pope tells young Palestinians

Francis was speaking during visit to the Deheishe Refugee Camp

Blog from the Holy Land: ‘The Pope is here so people remember us’

Tears and cheers as Pope Francis arrives by helicopter in Tel Aviv

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/05/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Tony Blair’s alliance with China and Russia is as immoral as it is naive

We cannot fight Islamism by siding with the forces of oppression

John Kerry meets Vatican counterpart in Rome

US secretary of state discusses issues including the Middle East and Obama’s healthcare reforms

US bishop says world must tackle ‘intolerable’ situation in Gaza

Bishops from US, canada and Europe visit the troubled area’s tiny Christian community