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A Yazidi woman released by ISIS last month (Photo: PA)

The cardinal, who visited Iraq last month, says he is praying for peace in the region

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq (Photo: CNS)

The Pope wants to visit, according to Archbishop Warda, but his staff ‘would not allow him to at present’

President Assad, with an unknown cleric, inspects the ruins of a monastery recaptured from Islamists (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop also says Church in Syria could disappear as a result of the country’s civil war

An Assyrian woman at a protest following the kidnapping. ISIS has demanded millions of dollars for their release (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Over 200 hostages now face a Sharia court in Raqqa

Iraqi Christian refugee girl holds souvenir of Holy Family as boy looks on at a Lebanese church (CNS)

Cardinal Bechara Rai tells UNESCO that Christians are ‘irreplaceable peacemakers’ and, without them, ‘Islam will fall into the hands of fundamentalists’

The Vatican may have been a target, an Italian prosecutor has said (AP)

Eighteen suspects also planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to prosecutor

ISIS militants murdered 30 Ethiopians in a video released on Sunday

Reports say Muslim migrant was among 30 Ethiopians murdered in Libya

Thomas Cromwell depicted in Wolf Hall: his monastery closures cut off charitable lifelines

If the English Reformation had never happened our cathedrals would blaze with colour, our monasteries would house the homeless and our nation would be less gloomy

ISIS militants murdered 30 Ethiopians in a video released on Sunday

Thirty men killed by ISIS were not soldiers but young innocents hoping to better the lives of their families, say bishops

French president François Hollande meets Pope Francis in January 2014 (AP Photo/Gabriel Bouys, Pool)

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