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

Published on Wednesday, 14 July 2021
Pope Francis, Cardinal Sako express sadness at Nassiriya blaze
The death toll in the devastating fire has risen to 92, with over a hundred injured. The Chaldean Primate calls for "unity" to "raise the nation" and prevent similar "disasters" in the future. Pope Francis has expressed his sadness. and :

The Chaldean Church and its patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, has expressed "deep sadness and sorrow for the tragic incident" at the Imam Hussein Teaching Hospital in Nassiriya "where more than 90 people died and many others were injured".


In a note sent to AsiaNews following the fire that broke out in the Covid ward of the hospital in the southern Iraqi city, just a few months after a similar incident occurred in a facility in the capital, the cardinal wrote "in offering condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims, expresses its closeness and prayers so that God may grant the victims His vast mercy".


The leaders of the Iraqi Church express the hope is that "this national catastrophe" may "awaken the consciences" of the country's officials and administrators, so that "they may be free from absurd fights" that end up only causing division. This, he added, is the time to "fortify ourselves, join hands and take responsibility" to "overcome this difficult phase" and get the nation "back on its feet" in full "security, stability and guarantee of services, so that such disasters are not repeated in the future". 


Pope prays for victims of fire in Iraqi hospital


Pope Francis has expressed his sadness over the fire at a Covid isolation ward at the Iraqi hospital al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah and offered prayers for the victims and their families and friends mourning their loss.


In a telegram sent by the Secretary of State to Archbishop Mitja Leskovar, Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq, the Pope "sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all affected by the tragic fire at the Covid isolation ward of the al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah. Deeply saddened, he prays especially for those who have died and for the comfort of their families and friends who mourn their loss."


The text concludes, "Upon the patients, staff and caregivers he invokes God’s blessings of consolation, strength and peace."


Dozens of people are believed to have died in the coronavirus hospital ward at the hospital located in the south of Iraq. Over a hundred have been injured. The facility had just opened three months ago.