Baghdad ( AsiaNews) - In spite of the "alarming situation" throughout Iraq, the Christian community is preparing to celebrate Holy Week ; the challenges and difficulties experienced by the religious minority, "enliven" our memory and are a cause for "renewed hope" . With these words, Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq, will greet the faithful in his Easter message. AsiaNews receives and publishes the text , in which His Beatitude reminds us that "Jesus is the heart of these events , his broken and resurrected body is the power that leads us toward new life".
publish the text of the Chaldean Patriarch's message for Easter 2014:
Dear Brothers and Sisters ,
We are now in Holy Week, despite the worrying situation that are currently experiencing in Iraq and the challenges facing our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora; however, these events, which are deeply rooted in the history of salvation, render our Christian memory a living one and give us a living hope .
Jesus is the heart of these events , his broken and resurrected body is the power that leads us toward new life. He is the "center of our faith" , both in meaning and action. Even in the darkest hours, his resurrection makes the sun rise upon us, the people of Iraq, and all humanity .
Faith is a new
encounter, a new covenant, a new hope and a new mission, that we live in a
radical way in the "here and now", to become a sanctuary in which our
brothers can discover with an open heart, the paternal presence of God, who is Love and Liberator. And
so they can find freedom and human dignity in us.
So that the Feast of Easter may have its full and all-encompassing meaning and fully disclose its value, we must seek to:
Therefore this holiday season, I hope that all of you can put an end to the suffering of our people and that this be an Easter of resurrection and new life for you all.