Hope in Iraq

Archbishop Michael attended the first ever papal mass in Iraq.  Preaching at St Joseph’s Cathedral in the Karrada district Pope Francis offered a message of Gospel-grounded persevering hope in Christ who is the loving and just Wisdom of God.  Christians of all traditions have responded with obvious joy to his presence in their country.  He met the President and Prime Minister, journeyed to Najaf to call on the most senior Shi’a Muslim ayatollah, and prayed at Ur, where Abraham first lived.

Schools are currently shut and strict curfews apply, but at St George’s the Redeemer Anglican Primary School – Al Fadi – stands ready to welcome its children back as soon as it can, and Canon Faiz Jerjes has installed sanitising stations at the entrances to school, clinic, and church.