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A Syrian refugee stands next to a boy inside his tent in late September at the Faydha refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley (CNS photo/Nabil Mounzer, EPA)

Tiny country has 1.5m Syrians on to of 500,000 Palestinians from previous conflicts

Pope Francis (CNS)

The resolution calls for a ceasefire, the establishment of a unity government and the calling of elections

A Kurdish sniper looks at the rubble in the Syrian city of Kobani (AP)

The road back to peace

The Middle East is more polarised along religious lines than ever before. Yet recent history shows the region can return to the enlightened tolerance it once enjoyed

The Nativity of Christ by Russian painter Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757-1825)

Our Christmas can never be based on past memories alone. It must be for us, in our own day, a present work of the Holy Spirit

People attend the lighting of the Christmas tree on Manger Square in Bethlehem, West Bank,  (CNS)

Patriarch Twal has also urged people to show solidarity with victims of violence and terrorism

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/15

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Cardinal Nichols, said that we must protect the vulnerable (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Specific use of force to protect the vulnerable is defensible, the cardinal said

David Cameron and President Francois Hollande shake hands after issuing a joint statement to the media at the Elysee Palace last week (AP)

Bombing alone will not stop ISIS

We have been bombing ISIS in Iraq for some time now, and it does not seem to have had any decisive effect

Lt Col Chris Keeble, who was second in command of 2 Para at the Battle of Goose Green (PA)

A new book emphasises the importance of spiritual insight into questions of war and peace

Damascus, 2015. Syria approaches its fifth Christmas at war  (Kyodo)

Christians face exile or ‘living under the shadow of Islam’, says Damascus cleric