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A sniper surveys the rubble in Kobani. 'There is a need for immediate action similar to what took place in Kobani' (Photo: PA)

Latest report says at least 220 Christians have been abducted by the group

Refugees sit outside St Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in Ankawa, Iraq (CNS)

Pope highlights plight of persecuted Christians in homily for Vespers in the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls

Displaced Christians pray at the St Joseph Cathedral in Ankawa, Erbil, northern Iraq (Photo: CNS)

The archbishop says a big challenge is to rebuild trust between Christians and Muslims

The Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul, where Pope Francis will celebrate Mass (Photo: CNS)

Most believers ‘hide their cross’

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl sleeps at a temporary shelter in Erbil (AP)

The battle for religious freedom is one of the great struggles of the 21st century

Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique)

A guide to the harder-to-grasp aspects of Catholic news stories