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Pope calls for action as Iraqi Christians flee

Pope Francis attends a vigil service with youths from the dioceses of Germany, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican August 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ROME: Pope Francis appealed to world leaders Thursday to help end the crisis in northern Iraq after a sweeping advance by radical Islamic state of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants forced thousands of residents of Iraq's biggest Christian town to flee their homes.

"His Holiness addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, to act to protect those affected or threatened by violence and to provide aid, especially for the most urgent needs of the many who have been forced to flee and who depend on the solidarity of others," the Vatican said in a statement.

 

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