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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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Despite pope euphoria, Iraq Christians left without illusions

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An Iraqi Christian woman walks by a banner depicting Pope Francis on a wall of St. Joseph Cathedral in Baghdad days after the pontiff’s historic visit AHMAD AL-RUBAYE Baghdad (AFP) Iraqi Christians say they will “never forget the joy” of Pope Francis’ historic visit to the country but they don’t expect it to stem the…

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Papal Mass in Erbil ‘nothing short of a miracle’

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When Vida Hanna was told by the Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Archeparchy of Erbil that Pope Francis was coming to Iraq, she thought to herself it was just another rumor. By Alejandro BermudezWhen Vida Hanna was told by the Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean…

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Pope’s visit to Iraq provides a much-needed reminder

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By: Kathryn Lopez – As Pope Francis landed in Baghdad after the short flight from Rome, I was reviewing his words from an evening prayer service he held last March. That night, you could hear Italian ambulance sirens go by – this was no escape from the pandemic reality we were all facing.…

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Iraqi woman who met the pope sees little chance for change

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  Pope Francis delivers his speech during a March 7 meeting with the Qaraqosh community at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq. The story of Doha Sabah Abdallah, who’s son’s death alerted an entire Christian village in Iraq’s north of the impending militant onslaught, resonated deeply with Pope Francis during a…

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Pope Francis in Iraq: ‘A Huge Sign of Hope’ for US Iraqi Christians

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Pope Francis became the first pope to visit Iraq in the 2,000-year history of the papacy and electrified the country with a message of unity and peace.Pope Francis met with the President of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan and with the Prime Minister at the Erbil Airport on March 7th, 2021. (photo: Vatican Media)…

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Religious minorities in Iran co-exist peacefully: Rights official

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The file photo shows the facade of Saint Sarkis Cathedral in Tehran.Followers of religious minorities in Iran co-exist peacefully, enjoy all constitutional rights and play a substantial role along with their Muslim brothers in defending the nation, says the secretary of the Iranian Judiciary’s High Council for Human Rights.…

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The Pope Visited Iraqi Christians, Victims of U.S. Foreign Policy

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Reckless decisions to invade and nation build in other countries leads to more harm than good. by Bonnie Kristian Pope Francis just wrapped up a trip to Iraq this week for the first-ever papal visit to the country, a trip the Vatican has described as “an act of love for this land, for its people…

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