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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

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The Iraqi commander made the call as the army approached a historic Christian town near Mosul

Aid workers say the assault on the city is ‘just the first of several phases’ paving the way for Christians to return to their homeland

Iraq’s prime minister announced the start of the operations, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, on state television

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