Vatican sends envoy to Iraq

Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Fernando Filoni as his personal envoy to regions of northern Iraq, where ISIS militiants have sent thousands of Christians and other religious minorities fleeing, the Vatican stated on Friday. This comes one day after the Pope made many statements about sending aid to the region.

In two separate tweets on Friday, the pope urged people to “take a moment” and pray for all those forced from their homes in Iraq and stated that the Iraqi Christians remain vulnerable to these attacks. He also urged the faithful to prayer for these people as well.

The Vatican’s spokesman, Rev. Federico Lombardi, said that Filoni would leave in a few days for the region of Iraqi Kurdistan, where as many as 100,000 Christians have fled to after being forced from their homes in the northern regions of Iraq by the Islamic State.

“The pope wanted to mobilize, given the serious ongoing emergency,” Lombardi said about his trip.

Filoni is also expected to deliver a message of support from the pope as well as other forms of financial aid to those affected by the ongoing violence.

“It is too early to say when he will leave and what his itinerary will be,” Lombardi said to the media. “The mission is still being prepared.”

Iraqi authorities recently reported that the Islamic State militia kidnapped hundreds of women and girls from the Yazidi group after invading the town of Sinjar. Yazidi is a minor branch of Islam that is not consistent with their interpretations. Representatives from the church are expected to meet in November from arounf the world.

Filoni, who comes from the Italian town of Taranto, was the papal nuncio, or ambassador, to Jordan and Iraq from 2001 to 2006 and has remained in Baghdad during the allied invasion and the years of occupation by the allies.

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  1. If in fact Pope Francis means to be as liberal in his sanetmett as some here interpret, then he has just succeeded in landing a huge insult on his still-living predecessor on his birthday, at a Mass in his honor.I would hope that Pope Francis is not so utterly classless.I would also hope that the Pope is not so obtuse as to think that desiring to turn back the clock and to domesticate the Holy Spirit is a traditionalist and only a traditionalist phenomenon.While some might, most traditionalists don’t want to turn back the clock but instead, want to take the best of what we have and combine it with what we have gained in the meantime. This is particularly true in the liturgical sphere, where those who remember the brief, mumbled, and otherwise poorly-celebrated Masses of the pre-Conciliar era would not trade them for the carefully and beautifully celebrated EF Masses of the present. Many of us who consider ourselves traditionalists believe the fruits of the liberated EF and the RotR (and the associated growth in Catholic identity and vocations) as a work of the Holy Spirit.Indeed, some of the biggest proponents of turning back the clock that I hear are self-styled progressivists it’s just that they want to turn back to circa 1970 (and not 1950 or some other perceived golden era’ as they tend to project onto traditionalists en masse) and confuse every idea that comes to their minds as being inspired by the Holy Spirit . Yet they lack the discernment to determine whether or not it is the Holy Spirit, and the docility to bend when the Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, offers a corrective.We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.- C.S. LewisMay Pope Francis be the best and truest progressive in the sense Lewis suggests.

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