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Syrian refugees and other migrants in Greece. Millions have fled the war-torn country (AP)

‘Tsunami’ of emigration threatens the future of the Church there

The bishop was beatified on Saturday

Bishop Melki was beheaded a century ago for refusing to convert

A man reacts as he carries a wounded girl who survived an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Damascus (CNS photo/Bassam Khabieh, Reuters)

Maronite leader said survivors are praying, but added the bombings are “a kind of Russian roulette”

The Monastery of Mar Elian before and after its destruction by ISIS fighters

The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a beacon of inter-faith co-operation

The monastery was originally built in the fourth century

Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monastery

Christians refugees who have fled from ISIS (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Eastern European countries faces EU and UN criticism

Cardinal Peter Turkson at a Vatican press conference launching Laudato Si' in June (CNS)

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The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The rector of the Shrine of Fatima says the statue brings with it ‘a message of peace’

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Lebanon (PA)

The Syrian Observatory on Human Rights has reported a group of elderly Christians kidnapped by Islamists in February have been freed

An Assyrian Christian prays at a church in Damascus (Photo: CNS)

A handwritten list apparently shows the names of those who have been abducted