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Iraqi Kurdish forces survey a bridge rigged with explosives by Islamic State militants, as they inspect the area in Zumar, Iraq. (AP Photo/Zana Ahmed)

Kurdish forces are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State militants

Pope Francis holds an in-flight press conference on the way back from Strasbourg (Photo: CTV)

The Pope made the remark on his flight home from Strasbourg

Jordan Matson, the former US soldier who reportedly joined the fight against ISIS

ISIS stands for kidnap, murder, slavery and threats of terror – no one anywhere should support it

Cardinal Tagle speaking to Pope Francis at the synod (CNS)

Cardinal says synod was more than a series of discussions on divorce and gay unions

A woman and children who fled from violence in Nineveh province in Iraq (CNS)

Christian refugees are facing a life-and-death situation in the Nineveh Plain

A young Kurdish refugee from Kobane, the Syrian town attacked by ISIS (CNS)

More than 100 representatives sign open letter that quotes from the Quran

Islamic State fighters in Fallujah (AP)

Bombs alone won’t defeat the terrorists; we need a hearts and minds campaign of our own

Islamic State fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

Pope Francis says situation of Christians in Middle East is ‘very close to my heart’

Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim, Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan at an ecumenical service in Washington (CNS)

Patriarchs speak out at the In Defence of Christians summit in Washington

Cardinal Nichols (PA)

Cardinal Nichols describes ISIS videos as ‘blasphemous’ in an address at Lambeth Palace