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Pope prays for the conversion of those who persecute Iraqi Christians

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“They want to eliminate Christians from Iraq ”

07/24/2009 Iraq (AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI has expressed his spiritual closeness to Baghdad ’s Christian community victim of a series of attacks, adding that he also prays for the perpetrators of such acts, so that their hearts will be converted.

For his part, the prosecutor of the Chaldean Church to the Holy See, Monsignor Philip Najim, said that “they want to eliminate Christians from Iraq and it is clear that this is not related to episodes of resistance against an invader, but a process of violence that aims to slow the development of the country, its peace. They want a weak underdeveloped Iraq , and with the disappearance of its Christian component an important part of society would be lost”. Meanwhile, yesterday in Mosul , a curfew on vehicles was imposed in predominantly Christian neighbourhoods, to prevent other possible terrorist attacks.

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