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Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

Fr Mourad is free (AFP)

Syrian priest kidnapped by ISIS is free

Fr Jacques Mourad celebrated his first Mass yesterday

Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart said Christians felt hope after the Russian intervention (AP)

Aleppo archbishop says Christians in the country feel hope thanks to Putin’s involvement

Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart (AP)

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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
(AP)

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