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Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces,  in Iraq (CNS)

Such a strategy would make Christians a ‘target’ for their enemies, Church leaders have said

Pope Francis waves to faithful prior to delivering the Urbi et Orbi Christmas day blessing from the main balcony of St Peter's Basilica (AP)

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

Pope Francis (CNS)

The Vatican has released the Pontiff’s annual message for the World Day of Peace

Humberto de La Calle, left, head of Colombia's government peace negotiation team, listens as Ivan Marquez, chief negotiator Farc read a joint statement in October (AP)

The decision to sign the amended peace accord was made during a meeting at a heavily guarded Catholic retreat in Bogota

A group of South Sudanese government soldiers sit on the back of a pickup truck (AP)

Bishops from both Sudanese nations came together to call for forgiveness and understanding between sides

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos gives a peace pin to  Farc commander Rodrigo Londono (AP)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin was speaking hours before the government and Farc rebels signed a historic peace deal

The teachings of Jesus have given us a unique perspective on morality

Concepts of peace, humility and exalted love sprung from the Christian tradition

Pope Francis lights a candle during an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi

Pope Francis focused on peace in his morning homily before leaving for Assisi (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi

A US bishop celebrates Mass at which relics of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta were on display in 2010 (CNS)

Quotes by Mother Teresa on love, peace and poverty