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Senator John McCain, chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee (PA)

Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo has said the CIA has been training Syrian rebel groups which are ‘al-Qaeda under a different name’

Syrian refugee children scream as they sit in front of Macedonian riot police at the Greek-Macedonian border (CNS)

Francis said he hopes the beatification of martyred Syriac Bishop Flavien-Michel Malke will give the persecuted faithful ‘courage and hope’

Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq.

The archbishop says the crisis in Iraq has challenged his faith despite him encouraging Christians who flee to Irbil

The Monastery of Mar Elian before and after its destruction by ISIS fighters

The monastery of Mar Elian, destroyed by ISIS, was a beacon of inter-faith co-operation

Members of the Egyptian security services stand guard at the site of a July 16 bomb blast in Cairo (CNS)

Human rights groups have criticised the laws, which prescribe tough penalties against citizens judged to be supporting terrorism

Can the authorities tell the difference between real extremists and the religious? (PA)

Legislation to counter ‘extremism’ will threaten free speech for all faiths and give the state the final say on what we can, and cannot, teach our children

Bishop Nunzio Galantino, secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference, attends a prayer service in Fuheis, Jordan (CNS)

Pope Francis sent a papal envoy to a prayer service with Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan

ISIS militants in Mosul (PA)

Takeover of town is a threat to monks at Mar Elian monastery

Pope Francis meets young refugees from Syria and Iraq (Photo: CNS)

The Pope says he prays for Iraq’s refugees every day

Displaced Iraqi children stand in a classroom of a school used as a shelter (CNS)

Fr Bashar Kthea, a Syriac Catholic priest, is ministering to more than 1,700 families in a camp near Irbil