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An Iraqi man carrying a cross and a Quran attends Mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad (CNS) Below: Reverend Canon Andrew White (PA)

Anglican vicar Andrew White says more than 1,500 people in Iraq have been killed by Islamic State militants

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said the five were released July 14

Two kidnapped Iraqi nuns and three orphans have been released

Pope Francis prays beside the River Jordan (AP)

Pontiff blesses Syrian and Iraqi refugees who have fled to Jordan at end of first day of Holy Land trip

A boy pushes a pram past destroyed buildings in Homs (Photo: CNS)

News comes as thousands prepare to be evacuated during a pause in fighting

Syrians wait to cross the border into Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal McCarrick says he is ‘not in favour of going to war to make peace’