Filoni on second visit to Iraq as envoy of Pope Francis Premium01 April 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome
CARDINAL FERNANDO Filoni has been sent on a second visit to Iraq by Pope Francis to show solidarity with persecuted Christians and other minorities.Tens of thousands were forced to flee their homes to escape the violence of the Islamic State (IS) militias as they swept through large areas of Iraq and Syria. Many others were killed or kidnapped as sex slaves. Bishop Shlemon Warduni, an auxiliary in Baghdad, said that Christian refugees are still living in the same condition as last year, in tents and caravans. “The situation for Christians is truly tragic,” he told Vatican Radio. “There are so few of us remaining. The IS fanatics persecute everyone who does not think like them and join them.”Cardinal Filoni, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of
Register for free articles a month or subscribe now from £53* for 6 months unlimited access to article content.
Subscribe now and enjoy access to all parts of the tablet website, Including its 175 year archive...
Delivered to you each week
Read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device
For institutions: read online / download on your iPad, iPhone, computer or Android device. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Most Read Articles
Setting themselves apartPremium
Manage my subcription hereManage
Sign up for our newsletterSign Up