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Fr Dhiya Aziz

Fr Dhiya Aziz, who was reportedly captured by Islamists prior to Christmas, has now been released

Nine-year-old Syrian refugees at a camp in Jordan (AP)

Bishop Declan Lang will lead a delegation of bishops from Europe, South Africa and North America later this month

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton  on the campaign trail (AP)

Mrs Clinton said that the evidence now shows ISIS’s campaign is one of genocide

A Syrian refugee stands next to a boy inside his tent in late September at the Faydha refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Tiny country has 1.5m Syrians on to of 500,000 Palestinians from previous conflicts

Pope Francis (CNS)

The resolution calls for a ceasefire, the establishment of a unity government and the calling of elections

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

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

The Nativity of Christ by Russian painter Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Our Christmas can never be based on past memories alone. It must be for us, in our own day, a present work of the Holy Spirit

People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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Cardinal Nichols, said that we must protect the vulnerable (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Specific use of force to protect the vulnerable is defensible, the cardinal said