ASIA/IRAQ - Ministry of Foreign Affairs: thanks to Pope Francis for his support for Iraq

Friday, 25 May 2018 middle east   oriental churches   geopolitics   cardinals   area crisis   politics  

Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Iraqi Foreign Ministry presents his thanks to His Holiness Pope Francis and the “Vatican” for their “continuous support” to Iraq and its people “at this pivotal stage for peace and coexistence”. A further, recent manifestation of this support is identified by Iraqi Foreign Ministry in "granting the Iraqi Patriarch Mar Luis Raphael I Sako the title of Cardinal". This title - specifies the statement released by the Ministry, and signed by official spokesman Ahmed Mahjoob - "is considered a high rank after the Pope". The co-optation of Patriarch Sako in the College of Cardinals will also represent a recognition of his humanitarian initiatives in the eyes of the Iraqi political leadership. Thanks to the future Iraqi Cardinal - say Baghdad officials - Iraq "will have a voice in the Vatican and international forums" in order to support Iraq in its "fight against terrorism" and to "preserve its religious diversity". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 25/5/2018)