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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

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

Archbishop Jean Sleiman (CNS)

Archbishop of Baghdad believes Iraqi leaders must work together to stop Isis

Iraqi Christians protest in America. Their numbers have dramatically fallen in the ten years since the invasion (AP)

On the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War Mardean Isaac says western states are forcing Iraqi Christians to return home

Sister Elizabeth Johnson (CNS photo/courtesy Fordham University)

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Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda pictured at the press conference in London (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Ancient Christian community may soon disappear, senior Iraqi churchman says