French cardinal visits Iraq’s persecuted Christians
August 04, 2014
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, joined by two other French bishops, made a four-day trip to Iraq to meet with some of the nation’s persecuted Christians.
“I will recite the Our Father in Aramaic-- your language, the language of Syriac Christians-- every single day until you are able to return to Mosul,” said the cardinal, according to a Vatican Insider report.
“You cannot imagine how important this visit of yours is: you have given them back their courage,” said Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, according to Cardinal Barbarin. “They can see that there is physically someone thinking of them.”
- Cardinal Barbarin: Iraq Christians offer strong witness (Vatican Radio)
- Iraq: Cardinal Barbarin stands by Mosul’s refugees (Vatican Insider)