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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/IRAQ – Catholic Bishops: The mystery of Christmas and the Pope’s visit make hope bloom, even in our deserts

Baghdad – The Iraqi people experience the present like crossing a desert. It is a spiritual and material desert that reveals the weaknesses of all, including the many brothers and sisters who “give up their dreams of living in this country and flee by migrating”. But in this desert, inhabited by doubts and fears about an uncertain future and full of threats, the baptized are called to “prepare the ways of the Lord”, who became human flesh in the mystery of Christmas to bring salvation to men and women of all times. This is emphasized by the Catholic bishops in Iraq in a joint message that was published at the end of the meeting in Baghdad on Friday, December 11th. At Christmas – the bishops suggest in their message – the Lord comes to meet us and gives us his salvation by crossing all deserts. He can also raise hope in the midst of all sorts of devastation affecting the daily lives of Iraqis and the peoples of the Middle East. A hope that is also nourished by the sign of the announced visit of Pope Francis to the Iraqi country.

MIL OSI Religion