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Pope’s personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq
Catholic Herald ^
| August 22, 2014
| Cindy Wooden
Posted on 08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT by NYer
Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS)
Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.
The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.
“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about: the expectations of our Christians and their worries, as well as the approach taken by the local churches.”
Cardinal Filoni, a former Vatican nuncio to Iraq and current prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, spoke to Vatican Radio after his meeting with Pope Francis.
The cardinal was able to meet with the displaced on the lawns of churches, inside church buildings and schools, and in the camps where they have received initial assistance. He said: “You have to realise that this is the warmest period of the year”, when temperatures regularly exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit, so shade and water are extremely important.
Once the immediate needs are met, he said, “everyone asks: How long will this go on? What awaits them?”
“The most vivid images that will stay with me are of those people who have lost everything” yet count themselves lucky if no one in their immediate family was killed by the Islamic State forces, he said.
Most of the members of the minority Yazidi religious community were not so fortunate, he said. “This was agonising. Their faces were blank.” They had seen many of the men in their villages murdered and many of the women “kidnapped, raped and sold.”
Cardinal Filoni told Vatican Radio his hope “is the hope of these people” – that they can return home with some form of internationally guaranteed “security cordon” around their villages.
TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Moral Issues
From Vatican Radio, Cardinal Filoni among the displaced in Irbil, northeastern Iraq.
Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq Cardinal Fernando Filoni meets displaced people who fled the violence in the province of Nineveh,during a visit to Iraq.
posted on 08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT
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posted on 08/22/2014 11:56:58 AM PDT
("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
It must be very hard for Pope Francis, who is in many ways a creation of his soft-leftist “all we are saying is give peace a chance” formation in Argentina, to have to admit that Islam wants to kill and exterminate Christians. I have a lot more respect for him now that he has finally acknowledged the peril to Christianity and in fact to the world that is presented by a revived Islam, and that he is willing to admit that the only solution is to halt it through force.
“Dialogue” is rooted in the concept of two, that is, two sides having a conversation. But one side doesn’t want it and only wants to conquer, and since it takes two to tango or to dialogue, that’s clearly not going to work.
posted on 08/22/2014 12:08:20 PM PDT
...he is willing to admit that the only solution is to halt it through force.
Actually, he has not yet done this. He has said that the U.N. must stop it. He has not said they can do this through the use of force, much less actually violent military force. And he says that no one country can decide what needs to be done. He says it must be the U.N.
All of which means that his slumber may be ending, but he's still in that sleepy morning period when you can go in and out of dreams before full wakefulness.
posted on 08/22/2014 12:22:42 PM PDT
I think he was hoping for the UN, possibly because he’s a 1970-80s type of guy, or possibly because he knows the US won’t act as long as Obama is president. I think he’s distanced himself from Bambi and perhaps he’s having a reality check.
He did say that this met the qualifications of a just war. We’ll see who takes him up on this. The Brits actually seem to be more alarmed than the US. The Spanish are also a little unnerved.
In any case, it must be very hard for the Pope to acknowledge this, so I give him credit for it.
posted on 08/22/2014 12:30:33 PM PDT
He did say that this met the qualifications of a just war.
He did, but no bombs allowed. He is delusional.
posted on 08/23/2014 9:33:12 AM PDT
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