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Pope Francis ‘deeply pained’ after three relatives killed in car accident

Pope Francis (AP)

Two of the Pontiff’s great nephews and their mother die in Argentina

The saint who preached a Second Crusade

‘The Vision of St Bernard’ by Fra Bartolommeo, c. 1504

St Bernard (August 20) was reputed for defending the rights of the Church against the encroachments of kings

Pope highlights ‘tears and cries’ of Iraqi Christians in letter to UN

Pope Francis with UN secretary-general Ban-Ki Moon at the Vatican (CNS)

Pope renews ‘urgent appeal to the international community to end Iraq tragedy’

Ban Ki-Moon: World must do more to help persecuted Iraqis

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (PA)

UN secretary-general describes plight of Mount Sinjar refugees as ‘especially harrowing’

Reports: Helicopter delivering aid to Yazidis crashes

A displaced woman and child flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar (CNS)

State-run Iraqia TV says pilot dies after crash in Sinjar mountains

Pope’s envoy travels to Iraq to help presecuted Christians

Cardinal Fernando Filoni (CNS)

Cardinal Fernando Filoni’s visit delayed by 24 hours due to logistical problems

RAF drop second round of aid to trapped Yazidis

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather for humanitarian aid at the Syria-Iraq border  (AP)

Tornado jets to fly to Iraq to take part in reconnaissance missions to help humanitarian mission

Obama authorises airstrikes on Iraqi militants

President Barack Obama speaking about the situation in Iraq Below: Displaced Iraqi Christians settle at St. Joseph Church in Irbil, northern Iraq (PA)

David Cameron criticises ‘barbaric attacks’ by Islamist terrorists

The saint whose hair was cut by St Francis of Assisi

St Clare, drawn by Simone Martini in 1320, from a fresco in the Lower Basilica of St Francis in Assisi

St Clare (August 11) was one of the ‘Poor Ladies’

Thousands of Iraqis flee as militants seize ‘Christian capital’

Members of the jihadist group Islamic State (AP)

Archbishop calls on UN to intervene as Islamic State militants capture Qaraqosh in north Iraq