Card. Sako: “A Lent of Prayer”

The construction of “links between Muslims, Yazidis and Sabeans” must continue. This is the exhortation of Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako in his message to the faithful for Lent. In the letter, the prelate emphasizes the “contribution” of Christians in building a more peaceful, stable, just and secure society.

For the Iraqi Cardinal it is essential to use this period of reflection before Easter to “help the brother in need: the sick, the hungry, the thirsty, those who are naked and abandoned.” This year also for Lent, in the churches of Baghdad, there will be a box dedicated to offers, where “you can put whatever you want.”

In the message he recalls that the “spirituality” of the Chaldean Church is “mystical, of martyrdom” and characterized by “a spirit of attachment to the homeland”. The great suffering of Christians is high with the killing of 1225 faithful during violent attacks in Iraq and one million have left the country.

“Fasting is not only a rest from food,” Cardinal Sako reminded, but also to join in “fasting from bad actions, especially those of language: slander and infamy towards others.” Christian belonging “is a privilege, a grace that God has identified for us” that must be lived “with enthusiasm and joy” to strengthen “a culture of love and a civilization of peace that enriches the society in which we live.”

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