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

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

Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CNS)

Cardinal Müller criticises Leadership Conference of Women Religious for honouring criticised Catholic theologian

A girl stands a destroyed building in Syria (CNS)

Bishop Alnemeh demands the immediate release of the nuns ‘who have done no harm to anyone’

A scene from Of Gods and Men (CNS)

A timely moment to see Of Gods and Men

in the light of the taking of 12 nuns in Syria, Xavier Beauvois’ film about the assassination of Tibhirine is more powerful than ever

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo (CNS)

Five nuns were snatched from the Orthodox Monastery of Santa Tecla near Damascus