Syrian pilgrims pray for Iraq in WYD Madrid

A group of 18 Iraqi seminarians from Mosul that travelled to World Youth Day, along with city’s Syrian-Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Petrus Mouche, and the former Archbishop Georges Casmoussa delivered a message from Christians in Iraq to the audience, asking for prayers and solidarity.

Several cities in Iraq were bombed on August 15 including Kirkuk where three Catholic churches were hit.

“Do not be afraid for us.  We will carry the cross from beginning to end,” he said to the crowd consisting of members from different Spanish parishes and a group from Mexico.  Speaking to CNA, Bishop Casmoussa said that Christians in Iraq are not “against anyone,” and want to “work with Muslims to rebuild [the] country.”

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by Ann Marie Foley

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