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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

A man carries a child after last week's airstrikes on Aleppo (Photo: Validated UGC via AP video)

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In this image made from video and posted online from Validated UGC, a Civil Defense worker carries a child after airstrikes hit Aleppo, Syria, last Thursday (Validated UGC via AP video)

Seeing refugees being resettled in Canada ‘hurts us a lot’, says Archbishop of Aleppo

Pope Francis arriving for a special Holy Year audience with the armed forces, in St Peter's Square (AP)

Speaking to to the faithful in St Peter’s Square, Pope Francis also appealed for peace in Syria