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Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

Francis speaking to the ‘conscience of all people and every believer’, says Vatican spokesman

Pope Francis speaks German to thousands of young pilgrims in St Peter’s Square

Jerusalem patriarch, meanwhile, says conflict is turning Gaza into a ‘factory for extremists’

Meeting followed a video appeal from the family

Francis will meet bishops, leaders of other faiths and people helped by Caritas

Prelates who fail to apply penalties seem to be ‘consenting to the evil committed’, says cardinal

The Pope will travel to Caserta on July 26 and return on July 28

‘We must accept fragility’, Francis says in message to Gemelli Hospital staff

Holy Father to stop off at church of Italian friend he knew in Buenos Aires