Pope Francis thrilled in the ruins of Mosul on the last day of his visit to Iraq – World

Surrounded by the ruins of four destroyed churches, Pope Francis defended this Saturday in Mosul that hope “can never be silenced by the blood shed by those who pervert the name of God”.

He was an emotional Supreme Pontiff, as he had not yet seen himself on this trip, which addressed the few Christians left in the city devastated by the barbarism of Daesh, comforting them and reaffirming the conviction that “fraternity is more lasting than fratricide, hope it is more powerful than hatred and peace is more powerful than war ”.

The third day of the Pope’s visit to Iraq was spent in the north of the country, in areas until just over three years ago controlled by Daesh jihadists, who persecuted and executed Christians and other minorities and whose thirst for destruction is evident in each building.

“How cruel it is that this country, the cradle of civilization, has been afflicted by such a barbaric coup, with its ancient places of prayer destroyed and many thousands of people – Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and others – forcibly displaced or killed” , lamented the Pope, who was later received warmly in the ancient city of Qaraqosh, where many Christian families are trying to rebuild their lives in proof that terrorism “never has the last word”.

“Iraq will always stay with me”
After the warm reception in Qaraqosh, the Pope said goodbye to Iraq with a crowd shower in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where he celebrated mass for thousands of people in a stadium and where for the first time on the trip he traveled in the popemobile to greet the faithful.
“Iraq will always remain with me in my heart,” said the Pontiff, once again recovering the message of peace and tolerance that has marked the visit, calling on Iraqi Christians to avoid “the temptation to revenge” despite everything they have suffered at Daesh’s hands. “In these days lived together with you, I have heard voices of pain and anguish, but also voices of hope and comfort,” said the Pope.

“I ask all of you, dear brothers and sisters, to work together in unity for a future of peace and prosperity that does not discriminate or leave anyone behind,” concluded Francisco, who is returning to Rome this Monday morning.

Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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