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Archbishop Józef Wesołowski pictured in Santo Domingo in 2009 (CNS)

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Christians and Muslims pray together for the return of nuns kidnapped by rebels (PA)

Douglas Alexander has raised the issue of persecution – what will Hague and Cameron do?

A girl stands a destroyed building in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Alnemeh demands the immediate release of the nuns ‘who have done no harm to anyone’

A scene from Of Gods and Men (CNS)

A timely moment to see Of Gods and Men

in the light of the taking of 12 nuns in Syria, Xavier Beauvois’ film about the assassination of Tibhirine is more powerful than ever

Maaloula is near the war-torn capital city of Damascus (CNS)

Syrian nuns moved to rebel-held town

The 12 nuns have been moved from Maaloula to the nearby town of Yabroud

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope makes plea during general audience in St Peter’s Square

Francis at this morning's general audience in St Peter's Square (AP)

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Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo (CNS)

Five nuns were snatched from the Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla near Damascus

Pope Francis shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a private audience. Below: The pair sit down for talks (CNS and video via Rome Reports )

Peace in the Middle East top of the agenda as Pontiff welcomes Russian President to the Vatican

Lady Warsi has warned of growing persecution in the region

Exodus is on a biblical scale, says Baroness Warsi