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ISIS fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Militants have been said to be using the convent as a logistics base

Pope Francis pictured  with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople in a poster displayed outside a Catholic Church in Istanbul (CNS)

Vatican spokesman says some refugees may be present when the Pope meets Catholic students

Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako (CNS)

Patriarch compares situation in Iraq to Europe under Nazi occupation

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

The Prince of Wales (PA)

The Prince has become one of the most high-profile names to speak out about the persecution of Christians

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century

A woman and children who fled from violence in Nineveh province in Iraq (CNS)

Christian refugees are facing a life-and-death situation in the Nineveh Plain

A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS)

More than 100 representatives sign open letter that quotes from the Quran

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

Sanctions went into effect following repeated, but ‘unfortunately unfruitful ultimatums’