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Cardinal Bo, centre: 'Sadly democracy has brought in hatred, denial of rights to sections of the people' (AP)

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An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus at a Mass for Christians abducted by ISIS (Photo: CNS)

La Croix says kidnapping follows series of atrocities in newly captured town

A boy carries belongings as he walks on the rubble of damaged buildings in Aleppo, Syria (CNS)

Sister Annie Demerjian has described the killing of members of a Christian family after shells hit their home

Camel riders pass stone pillars, a relic of the Roman Empire, in the desert city of Palmyra, central Syria (PA)

The grave threat to Palmyra should cause a collective shudder in all who love our heritage

Sister Diana Momeka (CNS)

Sister Diana Momeka told a congressional hearing that Iraqis who have fled Islamists ‘want nothing more than to go home’

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’