- Jul 9, 2020
In Iraq, once-flourishing Christian towns have been destroyed and vandalized by Islamic terrorism before being liberated. The Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad has encouraged a more than 80-mile peace march during Holy Week to demonstrate the bond among Iraqi communities and churches around the world.
The Vatican welcomes three new families of refugees coming from Syria to Italy. Two of the families are Christian and have faced persecution back in their countries due to their faith while the other is Muslim. Since Pope Francis’s 2015 call to parishes and churches to welcome migrants, about 145 people have been brought over to Rome.
The pope’s monthly prayer intention for March is dedicated to persecuted Christians, who around the world face daily threats of physical violence because of their religious beliefs. An estimated 200 million Christians are believed to be at risk of physical violence, arrest, torture and death.
Pope Francis’s commission to study the role of female deacons in the early times of the Church is currently meeting in Rome for the first time since it was created, three months ago. A few feet away, some of the world’s top scientists, including atheist Stephen Hawking, were pondering the role science and technology have in sustainability.