Sunday, October 01, 2006

Pope prays for peace between Christians and Muslims in Iraq

Pope prays for peace
Reuters via Yahoo! News - Oct 01 5:14 AM

Pope Benedict XVI blesses to the faithful during Angelus prayer from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, October 1, 2006. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi)

Sun Oct 1, 8:14 AM ET
CASTELGANDOLOFO, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Sunday he hoped Iraq's Christian minority could continue to live in peace with the Muslim majority in a country where people of both religions faced tragedy on a daily basis.

The Pontiff, who has been trying to patch up relations with Muslims after a controversial speech last month, said Iraq had traditionally been a place of harmony between Muslims and Christians.

Benedict said the leader of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church visited him on Friday and told him of the "tragic reality faced every day by the dear population of Iraq where Christians and Muslims have lived together for 14 centuries as children of the same land.

"I hope there is no loosening of the bonds of their fraternity," he told pilgrims after delivering his weekly blessing at his summer palace outside Rome.


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