He calls for peace in Mosul, where he prayed for the victims of the war

On his third day and last day of his trip to Iraq in Mosul, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the war among the ruins of four churches demolished in Mosul during the clash with the Islamic State. “Here in Mosul, the tragic consequences of war and hostility are all too evident. How cruel that this country, the cradle of civilization, was struck by such a barbaric blow, with ancient places of worship destroyed and many thousands of people – Muslims, Christians, Yazidis who were cruelly annihilated by terrorism and others – by force displaced or killed ”, the Pope said.“ Fraternity is more lasting than fratricide, that hope is more powerful than hatred, that peace is more powerful than war ”, concluded the Pope.

During his visit to Iraq, Pope Francis had an historical meeting with the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, spiritual leader of Shiite Islam in Najaf. According to reports from the Vatican, thanked the leading Iraqi Shiite cleric for having “raised his voice in defense of the weakest “.

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