Pope Francis sends aid to the Christians in Iraq

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Pope Francis financial aid to the Christians in Iraq.

Recently, Pope Francis sent his personal aid to the Iraqi Christians through a relief delegation that was heading to Iraq’s Kurdistan region. The Pontiff has sent his personal and financial support to the persecuted Christians residing in the region.

In a letter of support the Pontiff wrote that this was an act which was “an initiative which expresses friendship, ecclesial communion and closeness to many brothers and sisters, whose situation of affliction and tribulation pains me deeply and invites us to defend the inalienable right of every person to freely profess their faith.”

He further added that “an act of mercy, where one would heal the moral and physical wounds and also provide solace for the afflicted and perhaps, lost hearts of the Christians who are victims of persecution, is not just a gesture of charity but also “a relief to [one’s] own body, because all Christians are [essentially] ‘one’ in Christ.”

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Moreover, the Pope also sent sacred vestments that are now being used for Catholic services, over and above an un-revealed personal financial donation as a gesture of affection and support towards the persecuted Iraqi Christians.

The delegation arrived at Erbil – the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan on April 1, while are scheduled to stay till 4. A Catholic Charity group Aid to the Church in Need organized this visit, while the delegation included Bishop Francesco Cavina of Capri, Bishop Antonio Suetta of Ventimiglia-San Remo, Fr. Massimo Fabbri, and Aid to the Church in Need director- Alessandro Monteduro.

Furthermore, Bishop Cavina of Capri said that this generous act by Pope Francis was solely a personal gesture. “As soon as the Holy Father knew about my trip together with Aid to the Church in Need, he phoned me expressing the desire to send a gift to our Iraqi brothers in the faith,” Cavina said.