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The fight for political and economic power behind recent bloody attacks, says Kirkuk archbishop
Iraq's main political leaders and parties are fighting for power. The country is at the core of a regional struggle between two blocks, those against (Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar) and those in favour (United States and Iran) of Maliki. Each ethnic and confessional group is trying to carve out its "own space," Mgr Sako said. The power vacuum is "progressively making security and domestic politics worse."
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.
For Chaldean Patriarch, Lent is a time of "prayer and fasting" for peace and the future of Christians in Iraq
In his message to the faithful for Ash Wednesday, his Beatitude Mar Raphael I Louis Sako calls for genuine political and social "reconciliation". Addressing government leaders, he calls on them to establish "sound rules" for interaction and exchange. He finally calls for a renewed commitment to "building bridges" with "our Muslim brothers."
Baghdad patriarch tells pope that the Iraqi Christian tragedy is rooted in superpowers' selfishness
In a letter to Pope Francis, eastern patriarchs and the presidents of bishops' conferences around the world, Mar Sako calls on the international community to come to grips with the situation and take "concrete actions". The survival of the Christian minority is at stake and a strong stance is needed, even by Muslims. He appeals for help and solidarity.
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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.
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The archbishop of Kirkuk warns against the rise of fundamentalist movements and the growth of ethnic and religious sectarianism. For him, Christians can play an active and fundamental role in creating new forms of government. “In this Holy Week of Easter, let us must pray and hope that such changes can be achieved peacefully,” he says.
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