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The Sunni-Shia conflict forces Governments to make tricky diplomatic choices. Iran seems a better prospect

Acting on Pope Francis’s wishes, a Vatican official is in Cairo to visit al-Azhar University

Pope Francis held a private audience with the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim centre

Mother Teresa’s martyrs

The four nuns served the vulnerable without regard to politics. But they were caught in the middle of Yemen’s disastrous civil war

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

Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they could

The conflict is not the West’s fault. But Syria will not reach a solution on its own

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Islamic State group threaten to kill any Christians who did not convert to Islam or pay a tax

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako reiterates appeal for release of two nuns and three orphans