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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’

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (PA)

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

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

Cardinal Fernando Filoni (CNS)

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

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

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

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’

Members of the jihadist group Islamic State (AP)

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

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in Mosul sleeps inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS)

Church leaders in Iraq select Feast of the Transfiguration for universal prayer day

Christians demonstrate in the Kurdish city of Irbil, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Barbarin celebrated Mass in the Assyrian town of Ankawa