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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

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Cardinal sent to Iraq as an envoy says he thought the Pope ‘would like to go himself’

Pope Francis has sent an envoy to help Christians in Iraq (CNS)

Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

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

Black smoke billows over the skyline as a fire at the oil depot for the airport rages out of control after being struck in the crossfire of warring militias in Tripoli, Libya last month (PA)

‘People are frightened and there is no visible law and order,” says Franciscan Father Allan Arcebuche

Kurdish "peshmerga" troops stand guard against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of the province of Ninevah, Iraq (CNS)

Francis speaking to the ‘conscience of all people and every believer’, says Vatican spokesman

Simone Lia (Dan Fone) Below: A scene from her graphic novel Please God, Find Me A Husband!

The graphic novelist explains how a bunny rabbit, a neglected boy and a group of Mormons led her back to the Catholic Church


Print Edition: August 8 2014

This week we bring you an exclusive on report on the Diocese of Westminster’s plans to offer a course designed to help people recover from divorce. Also, Mark Greaves explains why the Church is growing in South Korea and Tom Gallagher reveals why former Catholics have become Scottish Nationalists. Francis Phillips pays tribute to the […]

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’

Daily readings: August 10 – 16

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms