Bringing the solidarity of the Pope
· Interview with Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Francis’ Personal Envoy to Iraq ·
Cardinal Fernando Filoni interprets his mission as Pope Francis’ Personal Envoy to Iraq as one of bringing the solidarity of the Pontiff and of the entire Church to the Christians of Iraq in order to lay claim to dignity and law; and to witness his own closeness to the women and men with whom he has “shared difficult times” and to the people of Iraq as a whole, “who suffer daily” due to a situation into which “external forces have now entered”. The day following the pontifical appointment, the Prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples granted an interview to our newspaper.
What responsibilities did the Pope entrust you with at the time of the appointment?
As the Personal Envoy of the Holy Father I bring all of the solidarity of the Pope and also of the whole Church for these brothers and sisters, the poorest today. But I also bring my personal fondness and profound esteem for brothers and sisters whom I met when I was a pontifical representative more than 10 years ago, and for those with whom I shared difficult times, together with all Iraqi people, who almost daily suffer the bloody attacks that debilitate them.
You were Apostolic Nuncio in
I have to say that in these eight years
that have transpired since I left
The tragic situation of the Christians has ancient roots.
Indeed, it has. With the fall of the
Ottoman Empire and the constitution of
St. Peter’s Square
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