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The Pope speaks during a press conference on the flight from Istanbul to Rome (AP)

Francis says ‘every religion’ is blighted by ‘little groups’ of fundamentalists

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I wave to the faithful in Istanbul (AP)

Francis meets refugees after issuing joint declaration with Patriarch Bartholomew

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

Pope Francis said he felt united with suffering Christians Below: Video via Rome Reports (AP)

Pope Francis met leaders of the Eastern churches in Rome this week

The Prince of Wales (PA)

The Prince has become one of the most high-profile names to speak out about the persecution of Christians

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century

Maronite bishop prays during Mass at New York cathedral for safety of Orthodox leaders kidnapped in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Mansour said that Jesus was not a ‘passive victim’

A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS)

More than 100 representatives sign open letter that quotes from the Quran

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Pope Francis says situation of Christians in Middle East is ‘very close to my heart’