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

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The bishops were advised to give more attention to attacks on the religious freedom of Christians

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

The ransacked church had been in ISIS’s hands for two years

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

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square he was ‘pained by the cold blooded murder’ perpetrated in the Iraqi city by the terrorists

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups