Agenzia Fides publishes some passages from the letter that Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako sent to Pope Francis to express his gratitude for the Pontiff’s trip to Iraq.
The Pope’s visit touched the hearts of Iraqi citizens, both Muslims and Christians the trip sowed awareness about the importance of accepting and respecting diversity, behaving as different brothers, and calling to love one another. It is hoped that the speech delivered by Francis in Baghdad “will also inspire the intentions of the world’s great powers.” Said Cardinal Sako
“For us, your Christian daughters and sons, Your visit has fulfilled a great dream, and has given us strong support to stay. We are immensely grateful for your phrase ‘you are a strong and alive church’ this phrase encouraged us to hope and to move forward with enthusiasm.”
Lastly, Patriarch Sako wished to thank the Holy Father for the donation of $350,000 for the benefit of the poorest, whom the Iraqi Church is committed to help in the name of the Holy Father “regardless the differences in religion, ethnicity or otherwise.”
The Cardinal told Fides Agency that the donation is a sign of how real and concrete the Pope’s love for the Iraqi people is and that his stewardship has already entered an operational phase: “We have distributed more than 12,000 food parcels throughout the country” that have been delivered to “Christian families, Muslim families and those belonging to all other faith communities present in Iraq.”