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Topic: Syria

Pope Francis telephones family of American journalist James Foley

Pontiff consoles family in Rochester, New Hampshire, after killing by Islamists

Pope Francis meets family of Jesuit kidnapped in Syria

Meeting followed a video appeal from the family

Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from United Nations

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

Patriarch decries ‘mass cleansing’ of Mosul Christians

Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visits Washington to highlight plight of faithful in Iraq

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‘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