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Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople embrace during an ecumenical celebration in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem in May (CNS)

Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and visit to Turkey-Iraq border could take place

Russell Brand

The dangerous ignorance of Russell Brand

He is participating in a narrative that sends young British Muslims to die needlessly on the side of evil

Prime Minister David Cameron (AP)

Conservative whips canvassing their party’s MPs over whether they would support military action

Pope Francis (CNS)

Francis makes comments during general audience St Peter’s Square

Francis blesses a child after today's general audience (AP)

Today’s Catholic must-reads: 03/09/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Prince Charles: 'Words seem inadequate at such an unimaginable time of suffering'

Prince of Wales says he is ‘heartbroken’ by the ‘barbaric persecution’ of religious minorities at hands of ISIS

A woman who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar sits with a child inside a tent at a camp in Syria's northern town of Qamishli (CNS)

‘We can’t ignore our solidarity with brothers and sisters of our faith,’ says Cardinal Wuerl

A displaced woman and child flee Islamic State in Sinjar, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

The priest had sent a message telling the Pope: ‘I’m afraid of losing your children’

The Islamic State must also be defeated on the battelground of ideas (AP)

The Islamic State may be defeated militarily, but its ideas will still attract young zealots

An Iraqi refugee comforts her child in the safety of Kurdistan (CNS)

Christian leaders call for Muslim leaders to stand up against extremists after harrowing visit to Iraq