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Displaced women sit outside tent at camp in Iraq (CNS)

Religious minorities are preparing to mark the 1915 genocide of Armenian, Assyrian and Greek Christians

A sniper surveys the rubble in Kobani. 'There is a need for immediate action similar to what took place in Kobani' (Photo: PA)

Latest report says at least 220 Christians have been abducted by the group

Mourners pray for Jordanian pilot murdered by Islamic State (CNS)

Churches are also holding prayer vigils for the cause of interreligious harmony

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’