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Syrian refugees walk the street at Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq in Jordan (CNS)

Jordan has received only 7.2 percent of $2.9 billion needed for services to Syrian refugees and host communities

A group of refugees picture in northern Iraq (CNS)

Francis has sent aid money to assist people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and northern Nigeria

Beuerberg Abbey in Eurasburg in Bavaria, Germany

Beuerberg Abbey, founded in 1121, will offer refuge to those fleeing war

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ

Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was abducted by Taliban gunmen in June last year

Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs meet in Bkerke, Lebanon (CNS)

The ecumenical meeting comes after clashes between the Lebanese army and Syria-based militants

Syrian refugees warm themselves around a fire  in Ankara, Turkey (CNS)

David Cameron asked to do more in response to ‘one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes of our time’

Sarah Teather MP (CNS)

The Liberal Democrat MP is stepping down from Parliament in May

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch Sako dismisses fears over Pope Francis’s safety were a visit to take place

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students