Issued by the Catholic Center for Studies and Media - Jordan. Editor-in-chief Fr. Rif'at Bader - موقع أبونا

Published on Wednesday, 8 March 2023
Br. Ibrahim Faltas leads a Custody delegation on pilgrimage to Iraq, the land of Abraham :

A Custody delegation visited Iraq in the days of the Episcopal ordination of the new Syrian Catholic bishop of Mosul. Br Ibrahim Faltas, ofm.


Br. Ibrahim Faltas said, "It was truly was a dream. It was a pilgrimage for us, a delegation on pilgrimage. The first time in the history of the Custody.


Seven days, seven cities visited, almost 1,000 kilometers traveled. A small delegation of  four friars from the Custody of the Holy Land, led by Brother Ibrahim Faltas, Vicar, retraced the ancient roads of the land of Abraham.


Qaraqosh, Ur of the Chaldees, Baghdad, but not only... A pilgrimage to Iraq that, thanks to an invitation to participate in an episcopal ordination, took them to the land where Abraham met God.


Br. Ibrahim Faltas adds, "We started our pilgrimage first in Baghdad where we met with Card., Qaraqosh... when I heard about all of them, the Christians, especially from 2014 to 2017 when Isis came and they had to leave everything, to see all those houses, the people happy, that they came back after 3 years... I couldn't believe it.


There are still many signs of the destruction brought by ISIS, in Qaraqosh as in Mosul.


He continued,"It did so much damage: ancient monasteries destroyed ... they were afraid of the cross! Then in Mosul, a beautiful city, so much destruction... a destroyed city. We went to Ur, the land of Abraham. It was a dream for me to go there. And that's where we felt that our pilgrimage had reached its climax. Truly a beautiful pilgrimage... People have faith. This what I have seen. People want to be there, they want to live there, and I hope that one day everyone can go back to their country."


Sister Ebtisam Babib, Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said, "We have this kindergarten and the visit of our friars made our children happy, they saw their smiles and received their caresses. A grace for us. We thank Father Ibrahim and the Custody for this act of charity towards us. Their visit gave us hope and solidarity.