Pope Francis leads his Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican
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Pope Francis leads his Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican on December 26, 2016

Pope pays tribute to Iraqi Christians persecuted by Islamic State

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Francis paid tribute to Middle East Christians who have clung to their faith during persecution by Islamist militants, saying there are more Christians martyrs now than in the Church’s early days.