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Chaldean Patriarch and Christian leaders promote peace plan for Iraq
Developed in four points, the document was presented to Prime Minister al-Maliki and President of the Parliament. It provides for an end to "foreign intervention" in matters of domestic policy and the reconstruction of the "Iraqi home" with the participation "of all active components in society." Appeal for proper use of media and avoid exploitation in upcoming elections.
Chaldean Patriarch celebrates Holy Thursday with disabled and marginalised Christians and Muslims
Mar Sako visited a residential facility in the Iraqi capital that caters to people with severe disabilities. His Beatitude performed the traditional rite of 'Washing of the Feet' on 12 people, including two Muslim women. "Easter is for you," he told the disabled residents. After the service, he offered them a meal, as a token of closeness and sharing.
11/04/2017 13:27:00 IRAQ
Chaldean patriarch: at Easter, faith in the risen Christ stronger than hatred and terrorism
Mar Sako highlights the “suffering and daily grief” endured by Christians in Iraq and the world. The answer to violence is a civilised and modern "state" capable of building a "national identity." The Church promotes initiatives of peace and coexistence. Its task is to revive Nineveh Plain by breathing new life in its towns and villages.
Baghdad Patriarch calls for brotherhood and solidarity, the only way to overcome Iraq's tragedy
Mar Raphael Louis Sako issues a message for the feast of the Transfiguration, which is also World Day of Prayer for Iraq. His Beatitude focuses on Pope Francis' call for "brotherhood" to transform "hearts and minds". As young people in Baghdad pray for Mosul, ISIS continues its advance in the North. UN sources report that July was a "tragic month" in terms of dead and wounded. Mar Sako offers prayer for peace.
30/01/2016 13:30:00 IRAQ
After three years as patriarch, Mar Sako continues to focus unity and service for the future of the Church in Iraq
In a pastoral letter marking the third anniversary of his election, the Chaldean patriarch and primate of the Iraqi Church stresses achievements and outlines future challenges. In the Year of mercy, the latter include the need to forgive and be forgiven, and strong Christian political leaders to defend the rights of Iraq’s Christian community.
Sunni leader "blesses" al-Maliki reconciliation plan
The leader of the agency responsible for Sunni mosques and shrines has urged the dismantlement of militias. The unveiling of details of the plan is eagerly anticipated. Insurgency groups are dealing with Talabani, but they want a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops before they lay down their arms.
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