- Jul 24, 2021
As Iraq’s parliamentary elections continue to draw near, one of the country’s top prelates has stressed the importance of helping the nation to focus on fostering peaceful coexistence between the various religious and ethnic groups who have lived side by side for centuries.
One of the most authoritative Catholic voices in Iraq has argued that the survival of Christians in the country depends on the creation of a secular state where all forms of sectarianism are eradicated.
Pope Francis has sent a letter to Iraqi Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako voicing thanks for his visit to Iraq last month and praising the local church for its charitable activities and its role in working to rebuild the country.
One month after Pope Francis’s historic visit to Iraq, one of the country’s top Catholic prelates has made the bold suggestion of enforcing a stricter separation between religion and the state.
One of Iraq’s top Church officials has praised the recent return of several confiscated properties belonging to Christians and other minorities, saying the move is one that could hasten the return of families who left the country due to injustice and persecution.
Pope Francis hopes to embark on the first-ever papal visit to the biblical land of Iraq in March 5-8 in a spiritual pilgrimage to the place known in Arabic as the “land of the two rivers” and once renowned as Mesopotamia, the “cradle of civilization.”
Rockets fired in Erbil, a city in Iraq’s Kurdistan region Pope Francis is scheduled to visit March 7, is yet another hurdle in a long list that cast a shadow over the first papal trip since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
If Pope Francis’s awaited trip to Iraq in March goes through as planned, he will likely meet the country’s top spiritual leader for Shiite Muslims, marking a significant step in his pursuit of interfaith dialogue.