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The historic meeting between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis in Havana (AP)

Patriarch Kirill is overheard telling the Pope: ‘Things are easier now’

Pope Francis exchanges gifts with Princess Charlene and Prince Albert II of Monaco during a private audience at the Vatican, (Filippo Monteforte/Pool photo via AP)

The Pope and the Prince discussed global issues including the migrant crisis and the Middle East

Bishops from North America, Europe and South Africa process into the Church of the Good Shepherd for a Mass on the grounds of the Our Lady of Peace Center on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan (CNS)

Catholic bishops from around the world took part in a solidarity visit with the ‘forgotten’ Christians of the Middle East

Young internally displaced Iraqis try to dig a drainage trench after heavy rains in early November at a camp in Baghdad. (CNS)

‘In Iraq, we will celebrate the birth of Christ in silence and tears,’ said Patriarch Sako of Baghdad

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

A detail from The Visitation by the Italian Mannerist painter Jacopo Pontormo

Let us pray for the Bethlehem of our day

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Micah 5:1-4; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-44 (Year C)

People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad spoke at an international conference on Christian persecution in the world

Cardinal Edwin O'Brien (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Cardinal O’Brien, who ministered to dying troops in Vietnam, suggests US public is ‘very blase’ about ISIS

Pope Francis with African synod fathers outside the Vatican synod hall (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The synod fathers issued this appeal for peace at the end of the three-week family synod