We have $162,742 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Iraq: Chaldean patriarch meets with leading Shiite cleric

Catholic World News - August 12, 2014

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church met with Iraq’s leading Shiite Muslim cleric, who expressed sympathy for the plight of Christians persecuted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Islamic State is a Sunni Muslim jihadist group.

“I asked him to call for speeding up the formation of a national unity government,” Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako said following his August 9 meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who stated that persecuted Christians would be welcome to take refuge in his city of Najaf.

“We are touched by Al-Sistani’s attention for all Iraqi components not only for the Shia, but for all Iraqis,” the patriarch continued. “We talked about the suffering of more than 100,000 displaced Christians to the cities of the Kurdistan region.”

“You are part of us and we are part of you, and you are in our hearts, and we are suffering [because of] what is happening to you; Sunnis and Shiites are also targeted,” said the 84-year-old ayatollah. “Not everyone hears my voice as the voice of the Pope. There are people who do not want to build a good country.”

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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($162,742 to go):
$200,000.00 $37,257.72
81% 19%
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.

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

A different tone at this Synod? 19 hours ago
Church Fathers: St. Clement of Alexandria, Part I 21 hours ago
Internalizing marriage at this year's synod 23 hours ago
Gay Vatican official who 'came out' may influence Synod in a way he didn't expect--or want October 5
Another serial killer? Blame 'religious rage.' October 5

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope issues new rules to streamline annulment process CWN - September 8
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5