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The Philippines Islamists reportedly warned a bishop they would kill their hostages unless the military called off its offensive

At the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope referred to a string of attacks to hit ‘beloved Syria’

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the Islamists

Militants have been said to be using the convent as a logistics base

US president lays out strategy for combating ISIS advance

Francis speaking to the ‘conscience of all people and every believer’, says Vatican spokesman

International Catholic agency issues plea for emergency funds to help refugees forced to leave Mosul