Cardinal Sako: Visit Christians in Iraq, so it can be seen that they are not alone

Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako accompanied the Pope during the main moments of his visit to Iraq. 

He is very satisfied because his country has shown that it has the ability to organize complicated events like this trip. 

In addition, bridges were forged between Muslims and Christians. Especially after this meeting with al-Sistani, who called for full respect for the rights that the Iraqi constitution recognizes for Christians. 

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“It was an exceptional visit in a very difficult context due to security, the pandemic and the diversity of the Iraqi population.” 

 “Collaboration between religions to defeat the ideology of hatred is very important. As the Pope said, if we want to have a better future, we must live as brothers. Otherwise, we will destroy ourselves ”. 

The trip also served to show the difficult situation of Christians in the area. In 2003 there were 1,400,000 and now there are less than 300,000. 

They emigrated because of violence, war and difficult prospects for making a life for themselves. The Pope asked them to return. 

And if you can, come back.

Iraq’s top Catholic leader says the West can do a lot to get emigrated Christians back home.

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“For example, a visit, to come and be with them, will mean a lot to Christians.”

“(These visits) encourage us to persevere and give us strength in front of our fellow citizens, since it is clear that they have not forgotten us, that we are not an easy target.”

Another important way to help Christians in Iraq is to contribute to development or reconstruction projects. 

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“Above all, to create jobs and improve infrastructure in Christian cities of the Nineveh Plain and Kurdistan”.

“But there are also projects to develop agriculture in these areas, or to build wells, as there is a lot of water.”

The Pope’s visit has created a historic opportunity for Iraq to open a new phase in which Muslims and Christians work together to rebuild the country. A horizon of light after years of war in his land.

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