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Iraqi patriarch urges prayer, fasting that Christians remain
Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need UK.
Iraq Archbishop Louis Sako. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need UK.
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.- Archbishop Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, has issued an urgent appeal to mark the beginning of Lent, calling for “prayer and fasting that Christians not leave Iraq.”

“Our Christian identity has had profound roots in the history and geography of Iraq for 2000 years,” Patriarch Sako said, according to the Fides news agency. “Our roots and our clear sources are found in our country, and if we leave, we would be separated from our roots.”

Christians in Iraq need to “persevere and wait,” and avoid listening “to those who instill fear” and to those who “in different ways invite or encourage Iraqi Christians to abandon their country,” he said.

“We are here because of God’s will and we are here with the help of his grace to build bridges and work with our Muslim brothers and sisters for the development of our country.”

In his message, Patriarch Sako also called for prayers for Syria, Lebanon and the entire region for an end to the unrest.

It is urgent that “the page be turned” in Iraq with the upcoming elections, he added, “so that the country can return to peace and security for the good of all citizens.”

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