Archbishop of Lyon visits north Iraq

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Archbishop of Lyon visits north Iraq

AINA News

Archbishop of Lyon His Eminence Cardinal Philip Barbarin visited Baghdede (Qaraqosh/Hamdaniya) on Tuesday, July 29, and met with the clergy and refugees from Mosul.

The archbishop was accompanied by Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, Bishop of Évry Michel Dubost, Director of the Action of East (l'Œuvre d'Orient) Monsignor Pascal Gollnisch, head of the Diocese of Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah for the Chaldean Church Archbishop Joseph Thomas, and head of Mosul's Chaldean Catholics Archbishop Emil Nona.

Head of the Mosul Diocese, Syriac Catholic Mar Youhana Boutros Moshi welcomed them warmly. The delegation then proceeded to the Church of the Immaculate Conception where the townspeople were waiting.
Archbishop Moshi thanked the visiting guests for their solidarity with the Christians in Iraq. He spoke of the recent conditions experienced by the people of the city and praised the people of Baghdede in receiving the refugees from Mosul, sheltering them in their homes and providing them with assistance.
Archbishop Barbarin emphasized in his speech the stand of the Church in Lyon with the Iraqis and the Christians and remembered his first visit to Iraq. He linked the diocese of Lyon with the Syriac Catholic diocese of Mosul and likened them as twins.
In his speech Patriarch Sako emphasized the firmness of the Christian presence Iraq, and that they are the indigenous people of Iraq.
In attendance was the head of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization who briefly met with the archbishop.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:10
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