- May 8, 2021
Speaking to a crowd that saw its girls and women sold as property by Islamic State terrorists, and on the eve of International Women’s Day, Pope Francis gave a “heartfelt thank-you to all the mothers and women of this country, women of courage who continue to give life, despite the wrongs and hurts.”
A priest from Qaraqosh helping to prepare the city’s youth for Pope Francis’s visit next month has said the fact that a pope is coming has shown young people that the Church, which can often seem far away, is close to them.
Locals say Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to Iraq is both a much-needed sign of encouragement for the battered local Christian community and an opportunity to promote unity and mutual respect among the country’s diverse population.
The Vatican secretary of state urged Iraqi Christians who have endured years of Islamic extremist persecution to forgive, reconcile and rebuild their broken communities as he celebrated Mass Friday in Iraq’s largest Christian town.
An effort described as the “Marshall Plan” of the Nineveh Plains features at its core three paradoxes, which is probably an appropriate scenario for the Middle East.