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Mar Louis Raphael I Sako
Chaldean Patriarch: amid war and crises, Christmas is the Middle East's real hope
On his first Christmas as patriarch, Mar Raphael Louis Sako I will address the Christians of Iraq, the Middle East and the Diaspora, pointing out that the face of the Child Jesus is a source of wellness and prosperity, for our "Muslim brothers" too. Priests and the faithful must turn churches into "real grottoes," enlivened by the love and warmth of the faith.
11/07/2013 IRAQ - ISLAM
Patriarch Sako: Greetings of peace to our Muslim brothers and sisters for Ramadan
His Beatitude Mar Raphael Louis Sako I sends a message to the Islamic community at the start of the holy month of fasting and prayer. He hopes it will be a time for doing good and for reconciliation in a country ravaged by ten years of war and violence. Patriarch calls for dialogue in order to create "one community" in the "diversity" of its various components.
For Chaldean Patriarch, Christmas is the source of hope for Iraqi Christians "displaced" like Jesus
In his homily, Mar Sako noted the Christian community's "difficult and painful circumstances," but also pointed out that the festivity is cause for renewed hope. He looks forward to a future of peace, harmony and coexistence, but to reach that goal, the country needs a strong political system and the foreign policy of the United States and the West must change.
President and new Patriarch: Iraqi Christians’ hopes and fears this Christmas
The community is preparing to celebrate the holiday season, with renewed hopes and old fears of violence. Auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, being prepared with people, and praying for peace. Desire for unity for the Chaldean Church. Archbishop of Kirkuk: he will promote reforms and reconciliation.
Chaldean patriarch: at Christmas, actual acts of peace between Christians and Muslims in Baghdad
Mar Sako talks to AsiaNews about steps y Christians took to create contacts among the faithful during the holiday. As worshippers filled churches, they experienced Christmas through “prayer and inner calm”. Solidarity to poor Christian and Muslim families is expressed through financial assistance. The patriarch walks through the capital’s streets to mark the end of the year.
Kirkuk hopes in dialogue yet
Shiite and Sunni Imams of different ethnic groups visited Archbishop Sako to deliver Christmas greetings. Witnesses of the encounter underlined a “shared desire for mutual understanding and peace.”
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