Iraqi Archbishop calls for Faith and Hope

(18 Jul 09 – RV) Sporadic violence is still continuing in Iraq despite an improvement in the security situation in the country.

The U.S. military confirmed that three of its soldiers were killed in the south in an attack on a base outside Iraq’s second largest city of Basra.

Also, three Iraqis were killed and more than 40 others were injured in bombings in Baghdad as huge crowds of pilgrims gathered to commemorate a revered Shiite saint.

Christians have also been targeted recently prompting Pope Benedict to send a message of support to Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans.

The Archbishop of Baghdad of the Latin Rite, Jean Sleimen told Lydia O’Kane that there is hope for Christians living in the country and those who want to return.