Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $32,467 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope's special envoy leaves for Iraq

Catholic World News - August 12, 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni left Rome on August 12 to fly to Iraq, where he will serve as the personal representative of Pope Francis in a bid to end the slaughter of Christians by Islamic militants.

In comments before leaving Rome, Cardinal Filoni said that Christians face active persecution in Iraq today. As the death toll mounts, he said, roughly 1 million people have been driven from their homes.

Cardinal Filoni-- who gained the respect of Iraqis while serving as apostolic nuncio there from 2001 to 2006, and declining to leave Baghdad during the American bombing campaign—saw a sad irony in the fact that Christians are being driven from the land where, for “hundreds and hundreds of years, minorities and majorities have lived together.” The Christian presence is “precious in this land,” he said.

The Italian cardinal, whose regular post is as prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization, will meet with local officials as well as Church leaders in Iraq, exploring opportunities to provide aid to Christian refugees and to end the violence against them.

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 ($117,141 to go):
$150,000.00 $32,858.98
78% 22%
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 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Contentious Spirits, Beware! 7 hours ago
And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs October 29
How not to be persuasive October 29
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6