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Christian women gather at an Assyrian church in Irbil, Iraq (AP)

Bishop organised the raising of millions of dollars to pay ransom to the Islamic extremists

A desecrated church recently liberated from ISIS, near the Iraqi city of Mosul (CNS)

After ISIS, there are more horrors to come

Christian minorities across the world are facing a deadly new ‘hyper-extremism’. There is only one way to ensure their survival

Vladimir Putin congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th birthday in Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Moscow (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 23/11/16

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

Photo taken on September 14, 2016, shows the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Bani Zeid district of Syria's Aleppo (AP)

The Bishop of Clifton said that violence against civilians can never be justified

New Cardinal Ernest Simoni, who survived imprisonment in Albania, is greeted by other cardinals (AP)

Holy Father creates 17 new cardinals from 11 nations

Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the weekly general audience in St Peter's Square (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope Francis tells officials of Caritas Internationalis that the world needs a ‘revolution of tenderness’

Iraqi Christians pray at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh for the first time in two years (AP)

The bishops were advised to give more attention to attacks on the religious freedom of Christians

Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, the new custos of the Holy Land Franciscans (CNS)

The new custos describes life in one of the most dangerous places in the world

Italian Cardinal-designate Mario Zenari is pictured (CNS photo/Massimiliano Migliorato, Catholic Press Photo)

Mario Zenari has served as the Pope’s representative in war-torn Syria since 2008

Pope Francis (CNS)

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated