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Iraq Papal Visit Leaves Region Hopeful

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Syria (International Christian Concern) –  Following the papal visit to Iraq, Syrian Christians and church leaders expressed their desire and hope for a visit from Pope Francis as well. The historic trip to Iraq, marking the first time a pope has visited the country, sent a message of hope to the whole region.…

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3000 Year-old wall destroyed in Nineveh, Iraq

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The wall is reportedly being knocked down to allow for road building in the city.The ancient Nineveh wall is facing destruction. (TAW)BAGHDAD–While Assyrians around the world are currently preparing to celebrate their Assyrian ancestors’ tradition of Akitu or the Assyrian New Year, an ancient Assyrian…

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Alexandria priest was in Iraq for papal visit

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Matt Riedl| Catholic Herald Multimedia ProducerFr. David Dufresne visits a historic site in Iraq as part of his trip to the country earlier this month. Fr. Dufresne was able to attend a papal Mass in Irbil, Iraq, March 7. BASILICA OF SAINT MARY | COURTESY…

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Chaldean Patriarch says that the papal visit should be used to revitalise the economy, dialogue and unity

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The Apostolic Journey constitutes a legacy of exchanges and experiences that can bring the country back “to the international arena”. Card Sako suggests ways to revive tourism, dialogue, unity and interfaith dialogue. Tourism can play a role in the economic recovery while highlighting the country’s Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, Sabaean and Jewish heritage.…

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Pope calls Iraqis to affirm kinship under one God

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Above: Pope Francis is greeted by Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of Shiite Islam’s most authoritative figures, during a courtesy visit in Najaf, Iraq, on March 6. Below: Children are seen near an image of Pope Francis during the pope’s visit with the community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq, on March…

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Islamic State: Pope’s Iraq Trip Is New Crusade

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by Jules Gomes  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •ISIS mocks ‘Abrahamic religions,’ threatening fresh attacks on ChristiansYou are not signed in as a Premium user; we rely on Premium users to support our news reporting. Sign in or Sign up today!…

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Iraqi Christians hope papal trip brings long-term benefits

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Christians need to be recognized not only by words but on the ground as equal citizens, says patriarchDoreen Abi Raad, Catholic News Service An Iraqi flag flutters across from a banner depicting Pope Francis at St. Joseph Church in central Baghdad on March 10 during a…

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Patriarch: Iraqi Christians hope goodwill from papal trip carries over

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By Catholic News Service BEIRUT (CNS) — Political leaders had “very nice words” during Pope Francis’ early March trip to Iraq, but now Christians pray “that those words, those declarations, will be applied on the daily level, on the ground,” said Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan.…

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Pope Francis leaves Rome for historic Iraq trip

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Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane to depart to Iraq on March 5, 2021 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. (AFP)The Vatican has planned a packed program for the 84-year-old popeROME: Pope Francis left Rome on Friday for a historic trip to Iraq, his first abroad since…

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