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Patriarch of Baghdad: While politicians argue, Iraqi Christians continue to suffer and die
Visiting refugee camps in Erbil and Dohok, Mar Sako speaks of a situation "beyond all imagination". He appeals to the international community and the Muslim world "that have not yet understood the gravity of the situation." The militiamen kidnap a Christian girl of three years, two men die from hunger. Baghdad and Tehran work on a joint plan of action.
Baghdad: Chaldean Church Synod to focus on emigration, vocations and liturgy
The Synod will run June 24 to 28 and will analyze the situation of the Chaldean dioceses in Iraq and among the countries of the Diaspora. Among other issues, the choice of pastors for the vacant sees, strengthening the presence of the laity and the creation of a Chaldean League. A special prayer to be recited at the end of Masses in preparation for the Synod.
Chaldean Patriarch in Nineveh: Vocations, marriage and children to revive Christian presence
Mar Sako makes a pastoral visit to the diocese of Alqosh, on the northern end of the plain. His Beatitude meets with the local clergy, presides at a Eucharistic procession and discusses the situation in the Chaldean villages. He notes the "sufferings" and calls for "cooperation , participation and concrete measures" to boost the presence of the local Church .
06/09/2013 IRAQ - VATICAN - SYRIA
For Patriarch Sako, the tragedy of war unites Iraq and Syria, calls for fasting and prayers for peace
Speaking to AsiaNews, Mar Sako urges bishops, priests and the faithful to heed Pope Francis's appeal. The Chaldean Patriarch has already seen the sufferings of a people victim of a terrible conflict. He told Caritas to be ready to receive and help refugees. He is grateful to Syria, "which welcomed Iraqis in recent years," pledging reciprocity when the "need" will arise.
Patriarch Sako: Task of government and religious leaders to unite Iraq
Speaking to Parliament in Baghdad on human rights, His Beatitude describes a reality that is "a source of concern." Security has "deteriorated" as have divisions of a confessional nature , fanned by " regional and international" powers. He calls for an end to the divisions and asks for greater courage from political and religious leaders to "unite the people."
Patriarch of Baghdad: Christians are part of Iraq, this storm will pass
In an open letter addressed to "all men of good will and those who care for the Iraqi nation", Mar Sako reminds Muslim brothers that the actions of the self-styled Islamic State are contrary to the Koran and greatly damage the shared history all Iraqis of commitment for the nation. "We shared good memories and bad memories, mixing our blood for our land." The invitation to Christians to "calculate their options well, come together in love gathering around their church, being patient, enduring and praying until the storm passes".
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