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Pope appeals for international action to help Iraq’s persecuted Christians

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

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

Cardinal Pell: Vatican must not be sloppy with its finances

Cardinal Pell, centre, was named prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in February (CNS)

Cardinal gives interview after unveiling a new economic framework for the Holy See

Spanish priest known for working with gangs jailed in El Salvador

Spanish Father Antonio Rodriguez sits during a court hearing in San Salvador (CNS)

Passionist Father Antonio Rodriguez accused of various crimes regarding gang activities

Pope offers prayers for China earthquake victims

Villagers carry their belongings walk past the rubbles of destroyed houses in China's Yunnan Province (PA)

Francis speaks at General Audience as official death toll rises to 589