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A group of refugees picture in northern Iraq (CNS)

Francis has sent aid money to assist people in Iraq’s Kurdistan region and northern Nigeria

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama presents relief material in Jos, Nigeria.  Many refugees are now flee to Cameroon (CNS)

A delegation met with some of the estimated 36,000 Nigerians who have sought safety from Islamist terrorists in recent weeks

Women mourn loved ones who died in a Boko Haram church bombing in 2012 (CNS)

In a letter to the bishops of Nigeria, Francis says he prays for the country every day

Beuerberg Abbey in Eurasburg in Bavaria, Germany

Beuerberg Abbey, founded in 1121, will offer refuge to those fleeing war

People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Kano, Nigeria, last year (PA)

Bishops speak out ahead ahead of re-scheduled general elections

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he delivers his Angelus address yesterday (AP)

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A procession led by Bishop Michael Campbell to the Ladyewell Shrine  (Ladyewell Shrine archives)

St Mary’s, Fernyhalgh and the Ladyewell Shrine will be run by two priests from the Institute of the Holy Family Fathers and Brothers of the Youth

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri

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

Iraqi Christians attend Mass at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad on the 
first Christmas after the massacre of worshippers  (AP)

The war that no one wants to talk about

Unless we act quickly, Islamism will ensure that the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia are Christian-free within a generation

Archbishop Kaigama (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama has called on the international community to help stop the Islamist advance in Nigeria