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Kirkuk Archdiocese opens private school for Christians and Muslims
'Myriamana' (Our Lady Mary) is a co-ed facility. Kirkuk archbishop Louis Sako was present at the opening ceremony along with local clergy and the imam of the city's grand mosque. This is the first private Christian school to open in the city since the fall of Saddam Hussein.
23/01/2009 VATICAN – IRAQ
I asked the Pope for a Mideast Synod to renew the Christian presence, says Mgr Sako
The archbishop of Kirkuk met Benedict XVI today and described to him his plan for Synod of Middle East bishops. He wants to see “catechesis and pastoral care” renewed and “adapted to today’s reality.” He makes an appeal for “young people to be trained for Iraq’s social and political life.”
Advent in Kirkuk: young people help poor Christian and Muslim children
The response to the archbishop's initiative "really surprised everyone." Some of the money will go to the Sick Children's Hospital and people who need treatment and drugs. For Mgr Sako, bringing "Christ's joy to their hearts" at Christmas brings a message of "hope, dynamism and sharing".
Mgr Sako urges Christians "not to fear" celebrating Easter
For the archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraqi Christians are part of a "Church that suffers intensely". Lent is a time to reflect about the faith and, despite difficulties, open up to the world. The prelate cites a number of acts of solidarity that brought together Christians and Muslims. He urges the faithful to renew through the Gospel their enthusiasm in the faith.
Kirkuk: Christians give 320 kg in medical drugs, Mgr Sako offers his wishes for Ramadan
Together with priests and lay people, the archbishop visits a local medical facility. The medical drugs he brought will be distributed among the city’s many hospitals. The director thanks the prelate for an initiative that will “strengthen trust in our Christian brothers”. The prelate publishes a letter for the sacred month of fasting and praying. “We join you in prayer to God,” he writes, “that he may give us peace and stability.”
"Building bridges of peace", a project that unites Christians and Muslims in Kirkuk
The Chaldean archbishopric holds a reconciliation forum today. Some 50 political, religious and cultural leaders attend the event. Mgr Sako presents a seven-point proposal, signed by participants, as a "joint commitment" to dialogue. A committee is set to see to its implementation.
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