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Syrian children in a makeshift school, in a refugee camp in the eastern town of Kab Elias, Lebanon (AP)

Pope Francis has delivered a video message to help launch Caritas Internationalis’s Syria: Peace is Possible campaign

Lebanese army soldiers patrol as a Red Cross member walks near the site where suicide bomb attacks took place (CNS)

The attack near the Syrian border killed five people and wounded nearly 30 more

Maronite Catholic bishops pose for a photo during their June 13-17 annual synod at Bkerke, the patriarchal seat north of Beirut, Lebanon (CNS)

The bishops released a statement at the conclusion of their synod in which they rejected a partitioning of the Middle East

Pope Francis with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Vatican (L'Osservatore Romano/ AP)

Three people were killed in north-east Syria, when the bomber attacked an event, which marked the massacre of Christians more than a century ago

Pope Francis greets a Muslim woman as he meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos (CNS)

Nine refugees, including three children, arrived from the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday

Orthodox patriarchs and primates at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message of support ahead of the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Council

Syrian children wait for treatment at the hospital of a refugee camp (AP)

The joint Day of Prayer for Peace, sponsored by Aid to the Church in Need, is one of several initiatives to promote peace in the troubled country

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Pope Francis  in St Peter's Square (CNS)

At the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope referred to a string of attacks to hit ‘beloved Syria’

A Christian neighbourhood in Aleppo (picture courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need)

Fr Alsabagh says all but the poorest have escaped the city and an ‘eerie silence, like a cemetery’, fills the streets