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Iraqi nuns released; church leaders report mistreatment of minorities

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

Two kidnapped Iraqi nuns and three orphans have been released

Pope Francis denounces arms trade as he visits River Jordan

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

People are starving to death in Homs, say Syrian refugees

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

US cardinal: let’s not repeat the mistakes of Iraq

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’