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Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul Christians

Syrian Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan (CNS)

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

Pope Francis in emotional plea for peace

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope speaks of children ‘deprived of hope’ in unscripted remarks to faithful

Chef at Vatican canteen says Pope’s visit was ‘like a thunderbolt’

Photo: Vatican Radio

The Holy Father surprises staff by turning up for lunch

Vatican revises canon law to highlight abuse penalties

Vatican Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (AP)

Prelates who fail to apply penalties seem to be ‘consenting to the evil committed’, says cardinal

Meriam meets Pope Francis after arriving in Italy

Pope Francis with Meriam Ibrahim and her daughter Below: Pope Francis speaks to Meriam and her family (CNS) Meriam arrives in Rome with her children and Italian deputy Foreign Minister Lapo Pistelli (PA)

Pope Francis expresses “gratitude and joy” after Sudanese woman’s arrival in Rome