Iraqi Shiite leader, Ali Al- Yacoubi, has said that country’ Christians have never tried to pay back violence for violence. He was addressing a church congregation during a prayer service held in in Baghdad’s Queen of the Rosary Church to pray for peace in Iraq, Syria and Middle East.During his address he said, “Our Christian brothers must be praised for being a symbol of peace and synchronicity in, because, “despite having suffered a lot,” they have not retaliated and tried to respond with violence. Instead, Iraq’ Christians have continued to endorse harmony in the country one.
The Shiite leader continued to say, “Iraq is for Christians, for Yazidis, for Muslims and for every citizen in search of peace.” He continued, “I want to thank the Chaldean Church and the Patriarch for the invitation. He said that he wanted to reiterate the brotherhood to all the Iraqi though be Christians, Yazidis, Sunnis, Shiites or others. “Let us pray to God to protect Iraq and to bring peace and unite our hearts in love for this beloved homeland.”
At this occasion, the congregation recited psalms and offered prayers, and sang hymns during the service. This prayer service was attended by prominent Iraqi figures from Church, Yazidi, Sunni and Shiite communities in addition to diplomats and civil society members. This special prayer service was held as Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael Sako appealed for the event which was met with affirmation by Iraqis. The Vice President of Iraq Iyad Allawi also expressed praise and support for the event, and upheld the cause.
The Chaldean Primate while addressing the congregation, said that the Jubilee Year of Mercy and Ramadan should be seen as “an opportunity to correct mutual perceptions and choose the way that leads to peace, reconciliation and building of mutual trust.” He said that all who were present should join hands to endorse a general notion of tolerance, which will strengthen the Iraqi values.