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Mario Zenari has served as the Pope’s representative in war-torn Syria since 2008

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated

They said priests who left without permission had to ‘regularise their status’

The Pope decried the assault on Syria at his general audience after another night of heavy bombing in Aleppo

The vehicles were used to transport the Pontiff during his visit to Poland in July

Peaceful people gather to pray for peace – it won’t sway those in favour of violence

Christian militias are merely defending villages from an enemy that will show no mercy. But in doing so they must make dangerous choices

Catholic peer meets President Assad

Lord Hylton was part of a delegation that met Bashar al-Assad during a week-long trip to the country

Retweeting and changing your profile picture feeds the beast of social media but really changes very little

Patriarch Aphrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church has urged Western governments to tighten border controls to curb movement of terrorists