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Pope Francis attends an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi, Italy (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Peaceful people gather to pray for peace – it won’t sway those in favour of violence

Armenians are escorted to prison by Ottoman soldiers in April 1915  (AP Photo, File)

Christian militias are merely defending villages from an enemy that will show no mercy. But in doing so they must make dangerous choices

Baroness Cox (front, second from right) and Lord Hylton (back, fourth from right) with President al-Assad (courtesy of Lord Hylton)

Catholic peer meets President Assad

Lord Hylton was part of a delegation that met Bashar al-Assad during a week-long trip to the country

The iconic image of Aylan Kurdi moved millions around the globe (AP)

Retweeting and changing your profile picture feeds the beast of social media but really changes very little

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, pictured at the Vatican with Pope Francis in 2015. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

Patriarch Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church has urged Western governments to tighten border controls to curb movement of terrorists

A man carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo on April 28 (AP)

Cafod is amongst the aid agencies unable to enter the Syrian city because of heavy fighting

The Bulgarian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia (PA)

The Church needs a better response to the Sunni-Shia war and and global poverty

Pope Francis: 'It is unacceptable that so many innocent people … must pay the price for this conflict' (AP)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Site of airstrike in Aleppo on July 25 (CNS)

Only 40,000 Christians are left in Aleppo, according to reports

Displaced people receive aid on the outskirts of Shirqat, south of Mosul, Iraq (CNS)

Christian minorities from Iraq and Syria left feeling ‘betrayed’ as humanitarian assistance fails to reach them