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. Continue reading

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 7. Continue reading

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 pope
ROME: Pope Francis left Rome on Friday for a historic trip to Iraq, his first abroad since Continue reading

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 minority’s exodus from the country. Continue reading