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Topic: Syria

Obama threatens air strikes against ISIS in Syria

US president lays out strategy for combating ISIS advance

James Foley’s letter to family described solace he found in prayer

‘I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray,’ wrote murdered American journalist to his family

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

The Explainer: can Pope Francis be the protector of persecuted Christians?

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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