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Lebanese army soldiers patrol as a Red Cross member walks near the site where suicide bomb attacks took place (CNS)

The attack near the Syrian border killed five people and wounded nearly 30 more

Maronite Catholic bishops pose for a photo during their June 13-17 annual synod at Bkerke, the patriarchal seat north of Beirut, Lebanon (CNS)

The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square (AP)

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A Dwekh Nawsha militia member sits on top of a tombstone inside a 200-year-old monastery in the Christian village of Bakufa, in Iraq (PA)

The defence spending bill refers specifically to Christians as a group that should be supported in the Middle East

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem celebrates Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters)

In their Easter messages, the Catholic patriarchs urged the faithful to find hope in the resurrection

Patriarch Twal: 'The statement comes too late ... and it bears no correspondence with reality' (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

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A refugee woman walks through the caravan park in Frankfurt, Germany (CNS photo/Alexander Heinl, EPA)

Open Doors International says the scale of abuse faced by Christian refugees in Germany has been ‘covered up’

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