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Orthodox patriarchs and primates at the Orthodox Academy of Crete (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a message of support ahead of the opening of the Pan-Orthodox Council

The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul (AP)

Pope Francis sent a message to the summit urging participants to ‘contribute in a real way to alleviate the sufferings of millions’

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis was speaking to the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday

Armenians venerate an icon of canonised victims of the genocide in Echmiadzin (AP)

St Gregory of Narek, a Doctor of the Church, urges us to recognise the evil within us and the world

An officer from the EU's border protection agency, Frontex, leads a migrant to board a ferry from Lesbos to Turkey (PA)

The bishops said that refugees’ right to human dignity and to protection needed to be upheld

The ruined Mar Elian monastery in Qaryatain (AP)

St Elian monastery, in the recaptured town of Qaryatain, was bulldozed by the terrorist group last summer

A man leaves carnations at the site of the bombing in Istanbul (AP)

The Pope has also expressed his sorrow at the the recent plane crash in Russia and bus crash in Spain

Cathedral of St Gregory the Illuminator in Yerevan, Armenia (CNS)

Vatican spokesman revealed that the trip may take place in June

A child poses for a photo with his family in Al-Qaboon, Syria (CNS)

UNICEF has called for unconditional access to children in Syria, including two million in besieged areas

Afghan women wash and dry their clothes in Piraeus, near Athens, yesterday (AP)

Crisis deepens as new regulations may prevent agencies from giving aid