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Pope recalls St. Martin of Tours, urges prayers for Iraq’s Christians

November 14, 2016

At the conclusion of his November 12 jubilee audience, Pope Francis called upon pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray for Christians in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

“The current troubled and painful circumstances urge us to support, with fervent prayer and concrete aid, our brothers who live in Iraq and in the other countries of the Middle East,” he said. “Let us raise our plea to God that no one in the world be excluded from society for reasons of religion, culture or race.”

The Pope also recalled that the previous day was the feast of St. Martin of Tours.

“May his example inspire in you, dear young people … the desire to perform gestures of concrete solidarity,” the Pope said. “May his trust in Christ the Lord support you, dear sick people, in the trials of illness; and may his moral rectitude remind you, dear newlyweds, of the importance of values in the education of children.”


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