Pope Francis said that the violence in Iraq "deeply offends God and deeply offends humanity" in his weekly address in Rome.
The Argentine born Pontiff said: "We are left incredulous and dismayed by the news coming from Iraq."
He added: "Thousands of people, among them many Christians, banished brutally from their houses, children dying of hunger and thirst as they flee, women kidnapped, people massacred, violence of all kinds, destruction everywhere ... All of this deeply offends God and deeply offends humanity."
Pope the interrupted his prepared speech to ask for a moment of silence, which was observed by the crowd
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have emerged victorious in the battle for Mosul Dam, but the question is - what will their next move be?
An ITV News team at Mosul Dam was with victorious Kurdish Peshmerga fighters at the complex earlier today.
ITV News joined a Kurdish unit fighting Islamist militants near Irbil and found them using tanks from the 1950s and short on ammunition.