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Iraqi prelate asks faithful to put aside fears

Catholic World News - March 29, 2012

An Iraqi archbishop is encouraging his people to set aside their fears and celebrate Easter joyfully in spite of the violence that surrounds them.

Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said that Christians are challenged “not to shut ourselves off from the world, and this despite the critical situation.” The steady exodus of Iraqi Christians, accelerated by a campaign of intimidation, makes it more important for remaining Christians to bear witness to the power of faith, he said. The archbishop quoted a Muslim politician who told him: “Only with you Christians can Iraq go forward and achieve progress.”

Archbishop Sako said that on Easter morning he would remind his flock of a simple message: “Fear not!”

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