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Pope Francis during an encounter with the elderly in September (CNS)

Francis says it is ‘easy to put our consciences to sleep’ and not visit parents for months at a time

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

Pope Francis deliver his Angelus address (PA)

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James Foley: Emwazi appeared in the video of his murder

Catholic mother says ‘we need to end the hatred’

ISIS have reportedly murdered 15 Christians

Another 300 are held captive by ISIS terrorists in Syria, says abbot

A sniper surveys the rubble in Kobani. 'There is a need for immediate action similar to what took place in Kobani' (Photo: PA)

Latest report says at least 220 Christians have been abducted by the group

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