Pope Francis about his historic trip to Iraq
During the general audience on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, Pope Francis reflected on his visit to Iraq. It was the first papal journey to the land where Ur is located, in the country of origin of Abraham, who is considered the common founder of the three great monotheistic religions.
This visit was prompted by the pope’s deep concern for the consequences of the violence of war, especially for minorities. In many cases, they are Christians. In northern Iraq, in addition to the massacres and the banishment of Christians and Shiites, there were particularly many victims of ISIS by the Jezidi’s (Kurds with a syncretic faith).
After the liberation of the north and the expulsion of ISIS, a brief period of relative calm followed, in which part of the Christian population returned and the reconstruction of the churches began, especially in the plain of Niniveh. From 2020 however, they were threatened again by Turkish attacks and kidnappings by Islamic extremists. Their prospects are anything but rosy and the fact that the Pope came to see them now, meant a lot to them.
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- Pope Francis about his historic trip to Iraq