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Iraqi Christians attend Mass at a church in Baghdad (CNS)

Catholics can ‘become promoters of dialogue through peace, prayer and sharing of burdens’, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri has said

An Assyrian woman prays at a church in Damascus during a special Mass for Assyrian Christians (CNS)

ISIS militants have stepped up their attacks on Assyrian Christian towns in northern Syria.

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag during a march in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

Aid is being sent to families who fled their homes when ISIS raided Assyrian villages on the Khabur River in north-east Syria

Pope Francis (CNS)

Pope tells persecuted Christians that they have not been forgotten

Assyrians in Lebanon wave their community's flag as they protest in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq by ISIS (PA)

ISIS kidnapped an estimated 220 Christians in north-eastern Syria last month

ISIS parades in Mosul, formerly home to a large Christian community (PA)

Assyrian Christians appeal for help after at least 90 people were abducted from villages in the north-east of the country

Syrian refugees near the Turkish border (CNS)

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Assyrian Christians were taken after militants attacked villages

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired bishop of Hong Kong, holds a picture of Bishop Cosmas Shi Enxiang of Yixian outside a government building in Hong Kong (CNS)

Cardinal Zen urged the Chinese government to stop suppressing the Church

Men in the Egyptian village of el-Aour mourn the deaths of the Coptic Christians killed by ISIS (PA)

Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza echoed Pope Francis by hailing the 21 Coptic Christians killed by ISIS as martyrs

Pope Francis (CNS)

Vatican representative vows to remain in Libya in solidarity with Catholic community