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Topic: Syria

Morning Catholic must-reads: 24/07/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

‘Church in Iraq in perhaps its darkest period,’ says patriarch

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako reiterates appeal for release of two nuns and three orphans

Chaldean bishop says Iraqis returning home, despite difficult conditions

Archbishop Warda believes ’90 percent of families’ are returning to Qaraqosh and Karamlish villages

Like all extremists, the men of ISIS know just enough history to be dangerous

Their idea of a caliphate is an anachronism at best

Pope Francis urges Christians in the Middle East to keep faith

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches

Iraq’s implosion is another disaster for Christians in the Middle East

As we contemplate the fate of Catholics in Mosul, this should be a time of mourning.

We must offer sanctuary to Iraq’s remaining Christians

The persecuted minority face mass murder under the rule of ISIS

Pope: Syrians are suffering from ‘globalisation of indifference’

Francis deplores ‘unspeakable suffering’ in Syria in message to charities

Archbishop consecrates Syria to Our Lady

‘We feel a terrible storm around us’, Maronite archbishop says in prayers

Why Israelis think Pope Francis’s visit is good news

His role as peacemaker is underestimated, but crucial