Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican official visits Iraqi mosque; Kurdish leader proclaims Christmas holiday

Catholic World News - December 18, 2012

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, visited a mosque in Kirkuk on December 16, in a gesturing promoting inter-religious accord in the Iraqi city.

Cardinal Sandri was greeted at Kirkuk’s largest Sunni mosque, where Imam Ahmad Amin asked the prelate to convey his greetings to Pope Benedict XVI. Unfortunately the inter-religious amity was tested later in the day, when Shi’ite mosques were attacked in a coordinated series of bombings.

The cardinal also met with the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najm Alddin Karim. During the Vatican official’s visit, Karim announced that Christmas Day will be observed as a public holiday in Kirkuk.

In a related development, the Iraqi government has blocked an Egyptian television channel that broadcast a fatwa against Christians by a radical Islamic leader.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($6,314 to go):
$35,000.00 $28,685.73
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Oh, that sort of misconduct 11 hours ago
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? 11 hours ago
Doing Great Things for Christ 13 hours ago
Two steps forward, one step back: mixed signals from Vatican on abuse and accountability September 26
The Annulment Question, and Much More September 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18