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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’

Catholic Herald readers help send ill boy to Lourdes

Harvey Hawkins with his younger brother Jayden

Five-year-old Harvey Hawkins was diagnosed with a colloid cyst in his brain

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

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamic State ‘barbarity’

Iraqi refugees in a camp near the northern city of Irbil (CNS)

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue criticises ‘shameful practices’ of beheading and FGM