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Cardinal Filoni visits a school sheltering displaced Christians and Yazidis (AP)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni issues appeal with Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Cardinal sent to Iraq as an envoy says he thought the Pope ‘would like to go himself’

Pope Francis has sent an envoy to help Christians in Iraq (CNS)

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.

Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq (CNS)

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

Pope Francis kisses a child as he arrives for a meeting with altar servers in St Peter's Square on Tuesday Below: Pope Francis holds hands with youths during the meeting (CNS)

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

Sister Gilbert Saliba visits Nidal Alawi, 11, of Gaza in the intensive care unit of St Joseph Hospital in Jerusalem (Photo: CNS)

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

A vigil calling for the release of Fr Dall'Oglio in Beirut, Lebanon (Photo: PA)

Meeting followed a video appeal from the family

Pope Francis meets the Prime Minister of Albania, Edi Rama, and his wife Linda (Photo: PA)

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

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (AP)

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

Pope Francis will have a private meeting with Giovanni Traettino, the Pentecostal pastor (CNS)

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