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Pope Francis in St Peter's Square (AP)

Pope says faithful should ask for the ‘grace of tears’ too

A military chaplain consoles a family in Zamboanga City, Philippines (CNS)

Military chaplains were in Rome earlier this week for a course on international humanitarian law

A child looks on as migrants wait at the Slovenia border in Trnovec, Croatia (CNS)

Fr Gabriele Bentoglio spoke at the Eighth Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul last week

Russian President Vladimir Putin (AP)

Astonishingly, the Russian Orthodox Church has backed Putin’s bombing campaign

Soldiers of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic movement ride tanks as they withdraw from the front line outside Luhansk, Ukraine (CNS)

‘The time for cautious diplomacy is at an end,’ Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk has said

Camel riders pass stone pillars, a relic of the Roman Empire, in the desert city of Palmyra, central Syria (PA)

The grave threat to Palmyra should cause a collective shudder in all who love our heritage

Ukrainian government soldiers take a rest on the road between the towns of Dabeltseve and Artemivsk on Sunday (PA)

Bishops make plea for unity and independence for Ukraine

A displaced woman and child flee violence from ISIS in Sinjar, Iraq (CNS)

Violence against women ‘tears at the very fabric of society’, says Vatican diplomat

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis will offer encouragement to Catholic minority in the Balkan country

A North Korean defector prays in Seoul (CNS)

Open Doors International said 2014 had the highest level of global persecution of Christians in the modern era