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Pope Francis blesses Meriam Ibrahim yesterday (via @bettapique)

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Chaldean leader Patriarch Louis Sako (AP)

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An Iraqi family fleeing Mosul (PA)

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

A child holds a bowl of soup inside the Khazer camp on  the outskirts of Irbil, Iraq (CNS)

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

The last Caliph

Their idea of a caliphate is an anachronism at best

Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople planting an olive tree in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

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

Iraqis who have fled the violence in their hometown of Mosul reach for a fruit during a food distribution at Khazir refugee camp  (PA)

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

ISIS fighters have been responsible for nakedly sectarian violence against Christians and Shia Muslims

The persecuted minority face mass murder under the rule of ISIS

A Syrian child cries at a refugee camp in Lebanon (AP)

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

One of many churches that have been damaged during the Syrian war (AP)

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