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A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Bishop organised the raising of millions of dollars to pay ransom to the Islamic extremists

A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq (CNS)

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok  (AP)

The governor cannot leave the country while the investigation is underway

A Christian Iraqi woman cries after she seeing the destruction at the St Addai church (AP)

A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic church

Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Middle East Christians in America and beyond appear to be behind the new president due to his pro-Russian, anti-Saudi leanings

Cardinal Vincent Nichols celebrates Mass at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Gaza City (AP)

‘Their numbers are small, but their faith is strong,’ the cardinal said

Internally displaced Christian women pray during Mass at the St Joseph Cathedral in Ankawa, northern Iraq (AP)

Archbishop Bashar Warda said 100,000 people have begun preparations to return to ancient towns and villages in the Nineveh Plain

Pope Francis speaks with Queen Silvia and King Carl XVI Gustaf as they leave the King's House in Lund (AP)

Francis visited the King and Queen of Sweden ahead of prayer service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican yesterday (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The Pope urged the Church to welcome migrants at his general audience yesterday