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A woman wipes her tears during a ceremony in the Saint George church in Bashiqa, Iraq (AP)

Displaced Christians are praying for relatives they had to leave behind in Iraq

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

Anti-terrorism drills at a railway station in Paris (PA)

Aid to the Church in Need say one in five countries has experienced Islamist violence since mid-2014

A Christian Iraqi woman cries after she seeing the destruction at the St Addai church (AP)

A tomb had been desecrated and statue of the Virgin Mary was decapitated at the St Addai Chaldean Catholic church

A man stands amid the debris at the scene of an attack in the town of Mandera, Kenya, near the border with Somalia (AP)

Somalia’s al-Shabab rebels claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bishaaro Guest House

ISIS fighters torched a sulphur plant south of Mosul (AP)

Francis told the faithful in St Peter’s Square he was ‘pained by the cold blooded murder’ perpetrated in the Iraqi city by the terrorists

An improvised explosive device, reportedly planted by ISIS, explodes in front of Iraqi special forces vehicles near Mosul. (CNS/Reuters)

Archbishop Warda of Irbil said his country will require intervention in order to achieve reconciliation between the country’s divided groups

Smoke rises from ISIS positions after an airstrike by coalition forces in Mosul, Iraq (AP)

Iraq’s prime minister announced the start of the operations, backed by US-led coalition air and ground support, on state television

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri

Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said the terrorist group have been pushed back