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In Iraq, the Pope calls on Christians in the East not to lose hope

2021-03-07T20:13:24.730Z

STORY - In Mosul, Qaraqosh and Erbil, Francis brought them an ardent message of support and encouragement.



The Iraqi sun this Sunday casts a harsh light on the white ruins of Mosul.

Hosh al-Bieaa Square, the scree of the four churches that form it, marks of the destruction of Daesh, still spread out like open wounds.

A heavy black armored limousine, under an incredible security escort, drops off the Pope.

Francis absolutely insisted on praying in the heart of this martyred city, which was the ephemeral capital of the murderous adventure of Daesh, for which he had already prayed a lot during the horror of 2014. Pray broad "

for all the victims of wars

", Without exclusion, and even pray for the Islamist aggressors:"

We entrust to you those whose earthly life was cut short by the violent hand of their brothers,

says François,

and we also implore you for all those who have done evil to their brothers and their sisters: that they repent, touched by the power of your mercy

. ”

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Source: lefigaro

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