Vatican City, Dec 11, 2020 / 05:30 am
Pope Francis urged Catholic charities Thursday to continue supporting embattled Christian minorities in Syria and Iraq.
He made the comment in a video message Dec. 10 to participants in an online meeting sponsored by the Vatican's Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
"In particular, I remember the Christians forced to abandon the places where they were born and grew up, where their faith developed and was enriched," the pope said.
"We must ensure that the Christian presence in these lands continues to be what it has always been: a sign of peace, progress, development and reconciliation between persons and peoples."