- Feb 21, 2020
In a private meeting with Pope Francis, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East had an opportunity to sound the alarm regarding the survival of Christians in the region as a result of persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West.
If the pontiff does end up going to Iraq in 2020, it may be Francis’s best shot at the title of “most important papal trip of all time.”
Several leaders of Iraq’s Christian community have appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw troops from the nation, saying many of their problems were caused by American military intervention, and leaving now would only make the situation worse.
Pope Francis wrapped up the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops Saturday night calling on Catholics to defend the Church as their “mother” against attacks from the “great accuser,” meaning the devil.
Mark Green, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said Wednesday that “we have mobilized a massive amount of resources” for Iraqi Christians.
Pope Francis is creating 14 new cardinals today, and several have been offering their perspectives and experiences this week.