During his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis offered his constant prayers and solidarity with Christians of Mosul, Iraq, who were forced to flee their homes this weekend due to persecution.
“I want to express my closeness and my constant prayer to these families and these people. Dear brothers and sisters who are so persecuted, I know how much you suffer, I know that you are stripped of everything. I am with you in the faith of the one who has conquered evil!”
Christians in Mosul were forced to flee their homes after the militant group ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) issued a demand that Christians in the city either convert to Islam, pay a tax, or leave the city with nothing but the clothes on their backs. After the demand was made on Thursday, the homes of Christians in the city were marked with an “N” for “Nazarene.”
Pope Francis encouraged all present to pray for peace in areas of conflict, especially the Middle East.
“The God of peace will awaken in all the authentic desire for dialogue and reconciliation. Violence will not win over violence. Violence is won over by peace!”
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Our Lady, help of Christians, pray for us.