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Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’

Palmyra, in a photo taken in 2002, before the war. Much of the city has been destroyed (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

Latest atrocity comes as Christian leader calls for western help

Pope Francis blesses pilgrims in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

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Vladimir Putin has outfoxed the West in the Middle East

America and Britain have helped to endanger minorities in the Middle East

An Assyrian Christian girl, holds a candle as she attends Mass marking the traditional Palm Sunday procession at the Assyrian church in east of Beirut, Lebanon,  (AP)

The Barnabas Fund has said Government plans to rescue refugees from camps will lead to Christians being left behind

A delegate to the 2015 World Meeting of Families signs a poster drawing of Pope Francis by artist Mark Gaines (CNS)

Francis will distribute the copies of the Gospels at the Mass closing the World Meeting of Families on Sunday

A child sits with other refugees behind a fence between Croatia and Slovenia (Photo: AP)

Bishops welcome EU quota deal for refugees

Bishops urge Britain to take in more refugees from Syria before winter sets in

Ann Widdecombe: 'We are now faced with an evil which is not going to go away' (PA)

‘We have hesitated too long,’ says Britain’s former prisons minister

A Syrian refugee woman cries as she carries her baby. ISIS now controls much of the country (CNS)

Most of us accept the wisdom that for evil to flourish all that is necessary is for good men to do nothing

Syrian refugee children covered with dust arrive at the Jordanian border with Syria (CNS)

Catholics ‘should express openness and welcome to refugees’, says Archbishop Joseph Kurtz