· Attacks in Baghdad ·
The Holy Father sent a Mcessage to Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad, the Republic of Iraq for the Syro-Catholics, on the occasion of the funerals, celebrated on 2 November, for the victims, including two priests, of the terrible terrorist attacks launched on 31 October at the Syro-Catholic Cathedral in the Iraqi capital.
Deeply shocked by the violent death of so many faithful and of Frs Tha'ir Saad and Boutros Wasim, I desire, on this occasion of the Sacred Rite of the funerals, to be spiritually present, by praying that these brothers and sisters may be welcomed by the merciful Christ to the House of the Father.
For many years, this beloved country has suffered unspeakable hardship and Christians have also become an object of heinous attacks with total lack of respect for life, the inviolable gift of God, desiring to undermine trust and civil coexistence.
I renew my Appeal so that the sacrifice of these brothers and sisters of ours may be a seed of peace and true rebirth, and because many have reconciliation at heart, brotherly and supportive coexistence, so that they may find reason and the strength to do good.
Dear brothers, sisters and children, may my Apostolic Blessing that I willing extend to the wounded and to your families so gravely tried.
Benedictus PP. XVI
St. Peter’s Square
March 22, 2019
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