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UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon (PA)

UN secretary-general describes plight of Mount Sinjar refugees as ‘especially harrowing’

Followers of the ancient Yazidi religion pray at their holy Lalish temple at the Mountains of Shikhan to the northwest of Baghdad (CNS)

Responsibility to protect is enshrined in Article 18 of the 1948 Declaration of Human Rights and was born in the embers of the Holocaust

Members of the jihadist group Islamic State (AP)

Archbishop calls on UN to intervene as Islamic State militants capture Qaraqosh in north Iraq

Iraqi Christians fleeing the violence in Mosul sleeps inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Chaldean Church in Telkaif (CNS)

Church leaders in Iraq select Feast of the Transfiguration for universal prayer day

Protesters display signs and carry flags during a rally in Detroit to highlight persecution of Iraqi Christians (CNS)

Chaldeans take part in prayer vigil after Detroit protest

A priest distributes Communion during Mass in a makeshift Catholic chapel in a village outside Tianjin, China (CNS)

Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang writes open letter asking Catholics to defend ‘rights and dignity’

A Christian woman carries a cross during a recent demonstration in Irbil, Iraq (CNS)

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

Christian refugees march against persecution by Islamic State fighters outside the UN compound in Irbil, Iraq (also below - CNS)

Demonstrators faint in the heat during march on UN base in Irbil.

People grieve at the coffins of two Christian brothers killed in Mosul (CNS)

The long tradition of the presence of Christians in the Middle East is nearly at an end

Our Christian Adams cartoon on the plight of Christians in Mosul

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