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Soldiers of President Bashar al-Assad's regime patrol the ruined streets in Aleppo (Photo: AP)

Aid to the Church in Need relief package will supply at least 5,000 people with gas, electricity and water

A photo of the 43 hostages released by ISIS (ACERO/Facebook)

The hostages were the final group of more than 200 Christians abducted by the terrorists last year

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill attend a reception marking the 1000th anniversary of the death of Grand Prince Vladimir in 2015 (Mikhail Klimentyev/RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia is isolated and fighting two wars, and its leaders recognise that, diplomacy-wise, the Pope has many divisions

Syrian refugees at the Lebanon border. Eleven million people are displaced  (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

During his Angelus address, Francis also requested prayers ahead of his visit to Mexico

Pope Francis waves to the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square for yesterday's Angelus (AP)

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Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations (AP)

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Pope Francis (AP)

A Vatican spokesman confirmed Francis received the invitation during an early morning private audience

Bishop Patrick Lynch with Richard Harrington MP (http://www.catholicnews.org.uk)

Bishop Patrick Lynch met with Richard Harrington MP on Monday

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

Catholic peer says Britain should do more to help Christians facing ‘campaign of total annihilation’

Fra' Matthew Festing with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in June (AP)

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