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The American intervention might have made things worse, but it was the last chance to stop Assad and his allies (AP)

if America had overthrown the Assad regime three years ago, there might have been a chance of ending the carnage

Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres pictured in Jerusalem  in 2014 (AP)

The Israeli Foreign Ministry had announced the Pope was expected to attend Friday’s funeral in Israel

US Vice President Joe Biden  (AP)

Three bishops wrote a blog post responding to Joe Biden’s decision to officiate at a same-sex wedding

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a multiple shooting at a nightclub in Orlando (AP)

49 people were killed and a further 53 injured in the shooting at Pulse nightclub on Sunday morning

Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly (CNS)

Fr Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly spent more than two decades in prison and 15 years under house arrest

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, mother provincial of the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor, speaks to the media outside the US Supreme Court in Washington (CNS)

The Little Sisters are challenging the mandate that most religious employers must cover contraceptives through employer-provided health insurance

A young Syrian refugee  at a temporary camp, in the Lebanese Town of Al-Faour (AP)

The House of Representatives also called for the establishment of a Syrian war crimes tribunal under United Nations authority

Pope Francis poses with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry,  at the Vatican in 2014 (AP)

Sunday marked three years since Francis was elected pope

President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to US Navy Seal Edward Byers Jr (CNS)

Edward Byers Jr rescued a civilian hostage from a remote area of Afghanistan in 2012

Activists dressed in orange jumpsuits representing detainees in the U.S.-run detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, protest in front of the White House (CNS)

Religious advocates have questioned whether President Obama’s plan for the detention centre will allow detainees a fair trial