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Christians who fled unrest in Syria and Iraq at a February protest in Beirut (CNS)

Catholic patriarchs have used their Easter messages to speak out over the suffering of Christians in Syria and Iraq

Dutch Jesuit Father Frans van der Lugt chats to civilians in Homs, Syria (CNS)

A most annoying martyr

Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was shot dead by Islamists a year ago in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, was a man of unbelievable energy, stubbornness and courage

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim religious leaders meet for an inter-faith summit in Bkerke (CNS)

Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim representatives release joint statement at the conclusion of inter-faith summit

A Syrian child stands barefoot outside a tent at a camp in Lebanon  (CNS photo/Brooke Anderson)

An Assyrian Christian couple who fled to Lebanon tell their story

A Syrian girl looks out from a UNICEF tent in an informal settlement near Amman, Jordan (CNS)

Archbishop Silvano Tomasi said that young people in the region are suffering ‘the brutal consequences of war’

Kurdish soldiers in Kobani, Syria (Photo: PA)

The conflict is not the West’s fault. But Syria will not reach a solution on its own

An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus during a special Mass for Assyrian Christians (CNS)

ISIS militants have stepped up their attacks on Assyrian Christian towns in northern Syria.

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

According to reports, ISIS have released a number of Christians kidnapped in north-east Syria last month but have taken more hostages

An Assyrian woman at a recent protest in Lebanon. (AP)

Two of the Assyrian Christian hostages released by ISIS have spoken to the media

Beuerberg Abbey in Eurasburg in Bavaria, Germany

Beuerberg Abbey, founded in 1121, will offer refuge to those fleeing war