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Iraqi children play outside a tent in Ainkawa, near Irbil (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Scola was joined by the Maronite Catholic patriarch on a visit to Irbil

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, greets a young displaced Iraqi in Erbil (CNS photo/John E. Kozar, CNEWA)

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri also praised the ‘heroic’ service of priests

Cardinal Nichols celebrating Mass in Erbil (Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

The Archbishop of Westminster joined Archbishop Bashar Warda and the Chaldean community in a celebration of Mass on Sunday

Displaced Iraqi Christians who fled from ISIS militants in Mosul pray at a school acting as a refugee camp (CNS)

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil calls for military intervention during visit to Parliament

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Christian and Yazidi refugees living in horrific conditions, clerics find

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (PA)

UN secretary-general describes plight of Mount Sinjar refugees as ‘especially harrowing’

A displaced woman and child flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar (CNS)

State-run Iraqia TV says pilot dies after crash in Sinjar mountains

Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS)

Demonstrators faint in the heat during march on UN base in Irbil.