Christians need to be recognized not only by words but on the ground as equal citizens, says patriarch
Doreen 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 Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 pope
ROME: Pope Francis left Rome on Friday for a historic trip to Iraq, his first abroad since Continue reading
By Emilie Ng Hope: Hanar Keka is an Iraqi woman sent by the Archbishop of Erbil to study in Australia as part of a plan to rebuild Iraq. She watched the historic visit of Pope Francis from her home in Brisbane.
HANAR Keka can’t remember a time when the word Iraq didn’t conjure up images of Continue reading
WEAM NAMOU :A group of Chaldean women, sitting around a kitchen table in Michigan on Sunday, watched on Arabic satellite TV as Pope Francis set foot in their ancestral land on the last full day of his historic papal visit to Iraq. Continue reading
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 minority’s exodus from the country. Continue reading
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 Bermudez
When Vida Hanna was told by the Archbishop Bashar Warda of the Chaldean Continue reading
Some said the pope should have called for Christian Iraqis to be provided with compensation for their suffering and loss of property.
Pope Francis, surrounded by shells of destroyed churches, leads a prayer for the victims of war at Hosh al-Bieaa Church Square, in Mosul, Iraq, once the de-facto capital Continue reading
By Inés San Martín,
Pope Francis is greeted by an Iraqi woman upon his arrival at Erbil airport during his Apostolic Journey to Iraq. Image: Vatican News Although the impact of papal trips is often hard to assess in the immediate aftermath, such cautions mean little to the leader Continue reading
During the Sunday Angelus on March 7, the Pope prayed with Christians at a church in Bakhdida, also known as Qaraqosh, a town 20 miles southeast of Mosul which was occupied by ISIS from 2014 to 2016. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
While they are joyful and grateful for the visit, they also stress the importance of building on the pilgrimage’s momentum in order to secure lasting improvement.
Pope Francis blesses a young boy during his visit to the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Bakhdida (Qaraqosh), Iraq, March 7. (photo: Vatican Media/National Continue reading
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) Continue reading
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. Continue reading
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Archbishop Bashar Warda finds value in trip beyond the words of the pontiff.
Perhaps more meaningful than any words spoken by Pope Francis during his three-day visit to Iraq was an an action he took. Continue reading
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 Continue reading
Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass at the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil on March 7th, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA
MoreWashington D.C., Mar 8, 2021 / 10:00 am MT (CNA).- President Joe Biden stated his admiration for Pope Francis on Monday, after the pontiff’s four-day visit to Iraq. Continue reading
by Louis Raphael Sako*
The Chaldean Patriarch expressed satisfaction with Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq, who is stronger than COVID-19 and terrorism. This event can bear fruit “in every respect”, from interfaith dialogue to the rebirth of the Christian community and the country. The Continue reading
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent BosNewsLife
BAGHDAD, IRAQ (BosNewsLife)– Pope Francis has visited Iraq to reassure the nation’s dwindling Christian community of his prayers after years of Islamic attacks and persecution. Continue reading