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Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

Maronite patriarch blesses baby during visit with refugees in Iraq

The patriarchs visited refugees and prayed with them at three churches in Irbil

Prayer is a source of strength for family of slain US journalist

James Foley (CNS)

Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that their son was missing, his mother said that she just felt it

St Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace in Ferguson

Protesters hold their hands in the air during a demonstration against the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson (CNS)

Residents of the US town ‘struggling to find peace in the chaos’, says Archbishop Carlson

Spanish priest known for working with gangs jailed in El Salvador

Spanish Father Antonio Rodriguez sits during a court hearing in San Salvador (CNS)

Passionist Father Antonio Rodriguez accused of various crimes regarding gang activities

Pope offers prayers for China earthquake victims

Villagers carry their belongings walk past the rubbles of destroyed houses in China's Yunnan Province (PA)

Francis speaks at General Audience as official death toll rises to 589

Chesterton and St Thérèse were ‘soul twins’, says priest

GK Chesterton in Brighton in 1935  (AP) Below: Statue of St Therese Lisieux at The National Shrine of St Therese in Darien, USA (CNS)

Father John Udris, who is investigating GK Chesterton’s Cause, says his public persona belied humility

Pope lifts suspension of former Sandinista official

Pope Francis (AP)

Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann was ordered to stop exercising his ministry 29 years ago

US Chaldeans call on President Obama to help end ‘genocide’ of Iraqi Christians

Protesters display signs and carry flags during a rally in Detroit to highlight persecution of Iraqi Christians (CNS)

Chaldeans take part in prayer vigil after Detroit protest

Catholic charity: ‘Gaza on the brink of collapse’

A Palestinian family flee their house in Khan Younis, in the Gaza Strip (CNS)

CRS currently delivering humanitarian aid to thousands of Gazans

Chinese bishop urges Catholics to hold firm as religious symbols removed

A priest distributes Communion during Mass in a makeshift Catholic chapel in a village outside Tianjin, China (CNS)

Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang writes open letter asking Catholics to defend ‘rights and dignity’