Archbishop Warduni: pope and al-Sistani, a meeting ‘between great men of peace’

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For the Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad, the visit to Najaf will be “one of the highlights” of the apostolic journey to Iraq. The Shi‘a leader “is not a politician, but a man of faith” who works for human fraternity. The new coronavirus pandemic will prevent the usual crowds, but Christians and others are waiting for the pontiff “with joy and hope”. Continue reading

Vatican releases program for papal trip to Iraq

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Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service 
Pope Francis greets Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, during a consistory at the Vatican in this June 28, 2018, file photo. Pope Francis plans to visit Iraq March 5-8, 2021. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Continue reading

Pope moves ahead with plans to meet Shiite leader in Iraq

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By NICOLE WINFIELD and SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press
ROME — Pope Francis will meet with Iraq’s top Shiite Muslim cleric, Ali al-Sistani, during a trip next month that will also include a pilgrimage to ancient Christian communities that were emptied and devastated in battles with the Islamic State group. Continue reading

Welcome, Pope Francis to Iraq

Archbishop Dr. Yousif Thomas MIRKIS

Welcome to our hearts before you set foot in the holy land of Iraq, where, has been written, half of the books of the Old Testament. These and many other texts are considered sacred by millions. Before you come to us, you engrave your captivating Continue reading

Iraq Protests Spur Conversions, New Parties

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Iraq (International Christian Concern) –  More than a year ago in October 2019, one of Iraq’s largest protests reached its peak. Now, as Iraq looks to its next elections in October 2021, new parties emerge and Christians call for prayer for the country. Continue reading

Pope Francis to meet top Shiite cleric on Iraq visit, says cardinal

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Pope Francis will meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani during his trip to Iraq, a cardinal said on Thursday, Jan 28. By Courtney Mares Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako, the patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, told AFP on Jan. 28 that the pope will have a private meeting with the top Shiite cleric in Iraq during the visit scheduled for March 5-8. Continue reading

Pope to meet top Shiite leader in Iraq

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By Catholic News Service –
A poster of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is seen on a high-rise building during anti-government protests in Baghdad in this 9 February, 2020, file photo. Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Continue reading

Pope will bring comfort, hope to Iraq, patriarch says

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A man who was wounded during a twin suicide bombing attack in a central Baghdad market receives treatment at a hospital in Baghdad Jan. 21, 2021. Cardinal Louis Sako, the Baghdad-based patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church, said Iraqis are still counting on Pope Francis to visit in March. (CNS photo/Wissam al-Okaili, Reuters) Continue reading