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Praying for peace

· Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans' message for Lent ·

Christians are witnesses of hope, carrying a history, a civilization and a message, despite the currenttroubled conditions. They are called to strengthen their presence working for peace in Iraq and the Middle East. 

This is the wish of the Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, Louis Raphaël I Sako, in his annual message for Lent, which guides us to the celebration of the Paschal mysteries, it is also traditionally a time for repentance, conversion and reconciliation, the Chaldean spiritual leader recalled. At the same time we must be aware of the sin of division, he said, inviting the faithful to pray and be “responsible persons [who] are accountable to all what we say and all what we do”. The Patriarch also called the faithful “to fast as much as you can”, extending this invitation also to Muslims, as the opposite often occurs during Ramadan.

Lent is a time of prayer and fasting in order to ask the Lord for “stability and decent life as soon as possible in our country and in the Middle East” because, he said, “conditions are very difficult in our country, especially for the displaced families”, who have fled fundamentalists of the Islamic State. He, therefore, underlined the need to refrain from “fanaticism and conflicts that create discomfort”, in order to promote “brotherhood, cooperation and coexistence by building a good relationship with everyone, and giving priority to forgiveness, reconciliation and the common good”.

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