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Iraqi prelate hails martyrs of the Eastern churches

Catholic World News - April 15, 2013

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako paid tribute to all Christian martyrs during a pilgrimage to a shrine in Baghdad where more than 50 people were killed in an October 2010 massacre.

The Iraqi prelate spoke of the “glorious martyrs” who died at the cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation, noting that he was personally acquainted with several of those who were killed. He said: “Martyrs represent a living spiritual heritage that opens doors to new life and the future.”

The cathedral is the seat of the Syrian Catholic Church in Baghdad. The Chaldean Catholic leader thanked Archbishop Yousif Mansoor for hosting the pilgrimage, and underlined the common ties that bind the ancient Eastern churches of Iraq.

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