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The monastery was originally built in the fourth century

Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monastery

Christians refugees who have fled from ISIS (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Eastern European countries faces EU and UN criticism

Cardinal Peter Turkson at a Vatican press conference launching Laudato Si' in June (CNS)

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The statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried during a candlelit vigil at the shrine in Portugal (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

The rector of the Shrine of Fatima says the statue brings with it ‘a message of peace’

Assyrians citizens hold placards during a sit-in for abducted Christians in Syria and Iraq, at a church in Lebanon (PA)

The Syrian Observatory on Human Rights has reported a group of elderly Christians kidnapped by Islamists in February have been freed

An Assyrian Christian prays at a church in Damascus (Photo: CNS)

A handwritten list apparently shows the names of those who have been abducted

French police face migrants next to the 'Jungle' migrant camp (Photo: CNS)

French and English bishops call for urgent solution to the migrants crisis

ISIS militants in Mosul (PA)

Takeover of town is a threat to monks at Mar Elian monastery

Italian Jesuit Fr Paolo Dall'Oglio, pictured in 2008 (CNS)

Fr Dall’Oglio was kidnapped two years ago this week

African Christians worship in an Anglican church in Tripoli (PA)

The taking of the three men is the latest in a series of kidnappings of Middle East Christians