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People wait near damaged buildings to be evacuated from Aleppo in December (CNS)

The delegation met with Christian communities and their pastors in the Syrian city

Pope Francis greets journalists on his flight to Havana last year (CNS)

In his message for the World Day of Communications, Francis said the media should not constantly focus on war and terrorism

Fr Clement O'Shea in 1940 (Dee La Vardera)

After the 1944 massacre in Civitella, a captain and a priest arrived to bring consolation and material support

Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Moshe of Mosul, Iraq, and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces,  in Iraq (CNS)

Such a strategy would make Christians a ‘target’ for their enemies, Church leaders have said

Mgr Hilarion Capucci (Piotr Zygulski/Wiki)

Monsignor Hilarion Capucci had a history of activism linked to Middle East conflicts

Smoke rises from a government-held area of Aleppo, Syria (CNS)

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo asked people to approach the ‘shattered city as if we were coming to the stable in Bethlehem’

A Syrian man walks past posters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo (AP)

Fragile countries have collapsed into civil war and flailing politicians have proved incapable of stopping the mayhem

Smoke rises following a Syrian government air strike on rebel positions in eastern Aleppo (AP)

A vigil Mass that was due to take place at the monastery had been moved to a different church

A Syrian girl walks amid the wreckage of damaged buildings and shops in  Aleppo (AP)

The papal nuncio to Syria delivered a letter from the Pope calling for ‘international humanitarian law to be fully respected’

A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq (CNS)

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month