Sunday, March 16, 2008

Pope Benedict on Iraq

After today's Psalm Sunday Mass, Pope Benedict, in his Angelus address, became emotional in his call for peace in Iraq. Father Z has the text which I'll quote:
At the end of this solemn celebration, in which we have meditated on the Passion of Christ, I want to call to mind the late lamented Archbishop of Mossul of the Chaldeans, Paulos Farah Rahho, tragically deceased a few days ago. His beautiful witness of faith in Christ, the Church and his people, which despite many threats he never wanted to abandon, presses me to raise a strong and concerned cry: enough of these massacres, enough with the violence, enough with hatred in Iraq! And I raise at the same time an appeal to the people of Iraq, which for five years is bearing the consequenzes of a war which has provoked the upheaval of civil and social life: beloved Iraqi people, raise up your heads and let you be, in the first place, riconstructors of your national life. Let there be reconciliations, forgiveness, justice and respect in common life betweem tribes, ethnic and religious groups, the solid way of peace in the name of God.
May Archbishop Rahho receive the fruits of our Lord's suffering and death. And may the true peace of Christ quickly come to be in Iraq.


Anonymous said...

The people of Iraq are bearing the consequences of Sadam Husseian who killed 400000 people, and of the opposition to the government overwhelmingly and freely elected by the Iraqi people. No doubt the Pope thought of these in his prayers.

Fr. Andrew said...

I think it is important to note that Pope Benedict does not give in to political rhetoric at such moments. Rather he cries out for peace and a commitment to rebuilding. I don't think many soldiers or Iraqi could find complaint with his statement.

It is amazing what one can say when they are free from reelection concerns and can speak the truth of Jesus Christ to the world.