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People ‘who walked through mine fields to escape ISIS … are not the people we are afraid of’

Fr John Luke Gregory said Syrians were seeking to return to ordinary life

The delegation met with Christian communities and their pastors in the Syrian city

In his Urbi et Orbi blessing, the Pope called for an end to the fighting in Syria and other war-torn countries

The Prince said religious freedom could be a matter of life and death

It’s time all nations stopped enabling repressive regimes

The bill will attempt to help the US administration combat a worldwide escalation in persecution of religious minorities

Archbishop Pizzaballa said ‘wars and the way of force have not been able to bring peace and justice’

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo asked people to approach the ‘shattered city as if we were coming to the stable in Bethlehem’

Fragile countries have collapsed into civil war and flailing politicians have proved incapable of stopping the mayhem