Pope calls on international community to help persecuted Christians in Iraq (Video) The Pope is asking government leaders to help persecuted Christians in Iraq. Rising violence has forced an estimated 200,000 people to flee their homes as Islamic extremists take over northern cities August 8, 2014ZENIT StaffFrancis Through a letter, the Pope called for an end to the bloodshed, highlighting the same call he made during a recent Angelus. To view the video click here. Subscribe to the ZENIT Daily Email Newsletter Receive the latest stories in your inbox each day! SUBSCRIBE! Thank you for subscribing to ZENIT!