Pope denounces violence between Israel, Hamas

Pope Francis delivers his message during the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 16, 2021 (AP) VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has denounced the “unacceptable” spiral of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, saying the deaths in particular of children was a “sign that they don’t want to build the … Read more

After historic whirlwind visit, Pope leaves Iraq for Rome

[ad_1] BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday wrapped up his historic whirlwind tour of Iraq that sought to bring hope to the country’s marginalized Christian minority with a message of coexistence, forgiveness and peace. The pontiff and his traveling delegation were seen off with a farewell ceremony at the Baghdad airport, from where he … Read more

Pope visits Iraq’s war-ravaged north on last day of tour

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Pope calls for unity among faiths in Iraq’s Ur

[ad_1] PLAINS OF UR, Iraq (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis’ historic visit to Iraq, aimed at rallying the country’s dwindling Christian community after decades of war and unrest (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Pope Francis is urging Iraq’s Muslim and Christian religious leaders to put aside animosities and work together for peace and … Read more

Iraqi Shiite leader reaffirms coexistence after meeting pope

[ad_1] NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — After his historic meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday, Iraq’s top Shiite cleric affirmed that religious authorities have a role in protecting Iraq’s Christians and said they should live in peace and enjoy the same rights as other Iraqis. For its part, the Vatican said Francis thanked Grand Ayatollah Ali … Read more

Pope urges Iraq to embrace its Christians on historic visit

[ad_1] BAGHDAD (AP) — Pope Francis opened the first-ever papal visit to Iraq on Friday with a plea for the country to protect its centuries-old diversity, urging Muslims to embrace their Christian neighbors as a precious resource and asking the embattled Christian community — “though small like a mustard seed” — to persevere. Francis brushed … Read more

Pope Francis to go ahead with Iraq visit amid spike in terror attacks and coronavirus

[ad_1] A worker hangs a poster welcoming Pope Francis outside the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Baghdad – SABAH ARAR /AFP The Pope has said he will go ahead with a historic visit to Iraq this week as “the people cannot be let down for a second time”, despite concerns over a spate of recent … Read more

Vatican defends pope Iraq trip as virus hits as act of love

[ad_1] VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is defending Pope Francis’ decision to go ahead with his trip to Iraq this weekend despite rising coronavirus infections there, saying Tuesday all health care precautions have been taken and that the trip is an “act of love for this land, for its people, and for its Christians.” … Read more