PLAINES D’UR, Iraq (AP) – Newest on Pope Francis’ historic go to to Iraq, aimed toward rallying the nation’s declining Christian neighborhood after many years of warfare and unrest (nonetheless native):
Pope Francis urges Iraqi Muslim and Christian spiritual leaders to place apart animosities and work collectively for peace and unity at interfaith assembly on the conventional birthplace of Prophet Abraham, father of their religion .
He advised the gathering, “That is true religiosity: worshiping God and loving our neighbor.”
Francis visited the ruins of Ur in southern Iraq on Saturday to strengthen his message of interfaith tolerance and brotherhood through the first-ever papal go to to Iraq, a rustic torn by spiritual and ethnic divisions .
With a powerful ziggurat close by, Francis advised the spiritual leaders it was applicable for them to satisfy in Ur, “again to our origins, to the sources of God’s work, to the start of our religions” to wish collectively for peace as youngsters of Abraham, the prophet frequent to Muslims, Christians and Jews.
He stated, “From this place the place religion was born, from the nation of our father Abraham, allow us to affirm that God is merciful and that the best blasphemy is to profane his title by hating our brothers and sisters. Hostility, extremism and violence weren’t born out of a non secular coronary heart: they have been betrayals of faith. “
He stated there may by no means be peace so long as Iraqis considered individuals of various faiths as “the opposite”.
He stated: “Peace doesn’t require winners or losers, however fairly brothers and sisters who, regardless of all of the misunderstandings and wounds of the previous, stroll from battle to unity.”
Pope Francis arrived within the historic metropolis of Ur for an interfaith assembly aimed toward urging Muslims, Christians and different believers in Iraq to place apart historic animosities and work collectively for peace and unity .
Francis visited on Saturday the normal birthplace of Prophet Abraham, revered by Muslims, Christians and Jews, to strengthen his message of interfaith tolerance and brotherhood through the first-ever papal go to to Iraq.
The assembly passed off within the shadow of the magnificent Ziggurat of Ur, the 6,000-year-old archaeological complicated close to Nasiriyah in southern Iraq.
Francis’ interfaith assembly in Ur got here after his historic assembly in close by Najaf with Iraq’s high Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani.