9th August 2014
The Holy Father is following with deep concern the dramatic situation of defenseless populations of northern Iraq, where Christmas communities are particularly affected.
His Holiness has appointed Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples as his Special Envoy to Iraq, to renew his spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering these terrible developments.
His Holiness asks that the whole Church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace. During Angelus, on Sunday July 20,2014, the Pope also appealed to the conscience of all people, and to each and every believer, saying;̏ May the God of peace create in all an authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence is not conquered with violence. Violence is conquered with peace! Let us pray in silence, asking for peace; everyone, in silence……. Mary Queen of peace, pray for us!”
I would ask you to invite all the faithful of your Diocese to join the Holy Father in a collective prayer to implore for the gift of peace for the Region.
With prayerful best wishes, I remain,
Yours sincerely in Christ,
+ Paul Tschang In-Nam