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Topic: Mosul

The Explainer: can Pope Francis be the protector of persecuted Christians?

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Catholic Herald View: We are witnessing a great betrayal of Iraqi Christians

When is silence from Western leaders a shrewd political strategy and when is it simply cowardice?

Former UK ambassador to Holy See criticises Number 10 as Christians driven out of Mosul

Faithful in Iraq told to ‘convert, pay or die’ by Islamic State militants

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Pope calls for prayers as militants chase all Christians out of Mosul

Islamic State group threaten to kill any Christians who did not convert to Islam or pay a tax

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Iraqi nuns released; church leaders report mistreatment of minorities

Two kidnapped Iraqi nuns and three orphans have been released

‘Church in Iraq in perhaps its darkest period,’ says patriarch

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako reiterates appeal for release of two nuns and three orphans

Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite difficult conditions

Archbishop Warda believes ’90 percent of families’ are returning to Qaraqosh and Karamlish villages

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.