After Pope Francis’ announcement that Bishop Louis Raphael Sako will be named cardinal, the Patriarch said this news is “an impulse of hope” for a Catholic Church that has been persecuted and has suffered so much, as is the case of Iraq. He also said that it was a surprise and he is very grateful.
In addition, Bishop Sako said that it is a “support from the universal Church and from the Holy See, as well as an impulse of hope and encouragement to advance in the reconciliation of the country.” What surprised the new cardinal for Iraq was that he received calls from Muslims, saying that this appointment is for all Iraq, Muslims and Catholics; for all believers in God.
For his work, he was nominated as a candidate for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The ceremony will be held in December, but since being nominated, he has been supported by various Catholic and Muslim Iraqi organizations.
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