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Mourners carry coffins of bomb victims, Talib Hassan, 35, and Hamza Jabbar, 37, killed in Sunday's bombing in Baghdad (AP) Photo/Anmar Khalil)

Francis ‘offered his closeness’ to the families of those killed in deadly attacks in Iraq and Bangladesh

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Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako speaks to the media (CNS photo/ Alaa Al-Marjani, Reuters)

Thousands of families, most of whom are Christian, have been displaced by ISIS offensives

Members of the Missionaries of Charity (CNS)

The Missionaries of Charity have a great hunger for spiritual and theological nourishment

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, greets a young displaced Iraqi in Erbil (CNS photo/John E. Kozar, CNEWA)

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri also praised the ‘heroic’ service of priests

Saints Cyril and Methodius

These Byzantine brothers changed the course of European history by bringing Orthodox Christianity to the Slavs of the Balkans

Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad (CNS)

Patriarch Sako dismisses fears over Pope Francis’s safety were a visit to take place

A woman who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar earier this year  sits with a child in Syria's northern town of Qamishli (CNS)

Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church

An Iraqi man carrying a cross and a Quran attends Mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad (CNS) Below: Reverend Canon Andrew White (PA)

Anglican vicar Andrew White says more than 1,500 people in Iraq have been killed by Islamic State militants

An Iraqi family fleeing Mosul (PA)

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako reiterates appeal for release of two nuns and three orphans