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IRAQ - VATICAN
During Lenten retreat, Pope prays for Iraqi Christians and peace in the country
Benedict XVI is closely following the situation in Iraq and the escalation of violence against the Christian community. He expresses "deep sorrow" and is near to all who suffer "through prayer and affection." A letter from the Secretary of State Card. Bertone to Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki made public.
25/07/2008 VATICAN – IRAQ
Pope receives al-Maliki, both hope dialogue will prevail over terrorism and violence
Iraq’s prime minister invites Benedict XVI to visit the country. During the talks the two leaders discussed the fate of refugees and religious minorities. They also examined the situation of the Middle East, expressing hope that a spirit of reconciliation will prevail.
Kirkuk: Muslims and Christians united for dialogue, only way to save Iraq
Sunnis and Shiites, tribal leaders, Kurds, Turkmen and Christians meet at luncheon organised by the city Chaldean archdiocese to fight those who would like to destroy peaceful coexistence between religions. Prime Minister al-Maliki’s spokesman says the government is opposed to the Nineveh Plains plan and the country’s division in ghettoes. Ayatollah al-Sistani receives Christian leaders and expressed his solidarity towards them.
Pope: promote human rights everywhere, founded, in the end, in God creator
During celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Benedict XVI reveals “the right to life, freedom and security of hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters are still under threat”. Card. Bertone speaks of religious freedom as an inviolable space where each individual and the entire community are free to act, without outside pressures from persons, social groups or authorities, whoever they may be.
02/04/2006 IRAQ - VATICAN
Two days of prayer and fasting for peace and harmony in Iraq
Benedict XVI makes his own an appeal by the Iraqi bishops
05/05/2008 VIETNAM – VATICAN
Hanoi waiting for Vatican delegation in the “near future”
Diplomatic relations would benefit both Vietnam, which is opening up to the world, and the Holy See, which could address issues like religious freedom and fundamental human rights.
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