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A damaged statue of Mary is seen in a church in Qaraqosh, Iraq (CNS)

Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan visited beleaguered Christians in northern Iraq last month

Photo taken on September 14, 2016, shows the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Bani Zeid district of Syria's Aleppo (AP)

The Bishop of Clifton said that violence against civilians can never be justified

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

Civilians flee their houses, as Iraq's elite counterterrorism forces fight ISIS in the village of Tob Zawa (AP)

The villagers have been moved to a nearby camp for their safety

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

A woman holding a candle and images of disappeared victims takes part in a rally for peace in Medellin, Colombia (CNS)

A new peace deal is to be negotiated after voters rejected an agreement that would have formally ended the long-running war between the government and Farc

Pope Francis (CNS)

At the end of his general audience, Pope Francis begged fighters on both sides to allow civilians to be evacuated

Photo taken Sept. 14, 2016, shows the rubble of destroyed buildings in the Bani Zeid district of Syria's Aleppo. (PA)

Pope Francis condemns bombardment of Aleppo

The Pope decried the assault on Syria at his general audience after another night of heavy bombing in Aleppo

Pope Francis lights a candle during an interfaith peace gathering outside the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi (CNS)

Pope Francis spoke at the closing ceremony of an interreligious peace gathering in Assisi

Pope Francis focused on peace in his morning homily before leaving for Assisi (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The Pope reflected on peace during his morning homily before travelling to Assisi