» 08/23/2014, 00.00
VATICAN - IRAQ
The Pope donates 1 million US dollars for Christians and other minorities in Iraq
The Prefect of Propaganda Fide, Cardinal Filoni, has returned from a humanitarian mission to Erbil and brought with him "a tenth of the amount. 75% of the money went to the Catholics, the rest to Yazidis. “As long as even one only Christian lives in Iraq, we will be there ".
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis has
donated 1 million US dollars for Christians and other religious
minorities in Iraq who have been targeted by terrorists of the
Islamic state and forced to leave their homes to avoid having to
convert to Islam.
This news was reported by Card.
Fernardo Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization
of Peoples, sent on mission by the Pope to the Middle Eastern country
to express Francis' closeness to the victims of this violence. The
money comes from the Pope's personal funds, and Card. Filoni only
brought a tenth of the money with him: "75% of the money - he
told the Catholic News Agency - was given to the Catholics,
the rest to the Yazidi community."
The Prefect visited Erbil, capital of
Iraqi Kurdistan, August 12 to 20, while the
Pope was on his pastoral visit to South Korea. Card. Filoni states that "having
sent a personal representative means that, if he could, he would go
to people." The Church, he added, "as
long as our Christians remain in the region, we cannot abandon them.
As long as even one only Christian lives in Iraq, we will be there
is Pope Francis' line," he said. "That we, as shepherds, should
carry our sheep on our shoulders and lead them, but we also must walk
with them. We must walk in front of them to lead them, walk among
them to spur them, walk behind them to encourage them".
Pope Francis has repeatedly stressed
the humanitarian tragedy taking place in Iraq, and asked everyone to
engage in concrete help for those who are suffering in the country.
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