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A Kurdish soldier gives the victory sign as he drives to the front line (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Mountain where Yazidis were stranded captured with US help

A woman who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar earier this year  sits with a child in Syria's northern town of Qamishli (CNS)

Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church

Refugees from the Syrian town of Kobani (CNS)

The Knights of Columbus donate $2.2 million to help Middle East refugees

A winter coat is removed from a baby in Syria before she is vaccinated (PA)

Archbishop says his people are ‘heroes of the faith’ but face a Christmas of anguish and neglect

The Pope speaks during a press conference on the flight from Istanbul to Rome (AP)

Francis says ‘every religion’ is blighted by ‘little groups’ of fundamentalists

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

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

The Prince of Wales (PA)

The Prince has become one of the most high-profile names to speak out about the persecution of Christians

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century