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Pope Summons Mideast Envoys to Rome Over Islamist Advance

Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the Vatican said on Tuesday. The meeting will be held October 2-October 4, and will include Vatican ambassadors to Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Israel and the Palestinians, as well as representatives to the United Nations and the European Union. They...

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