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Iraqi Christians are planning to spend their Holy Week marching for peace. Said to begin on Palm Sunday, this march will extend for 87 miles starting in Erbil and ending in the Nineveh Plains. Estimates indicate about 100 Christians will march, both Iraqis and foreigners. The goal of this action is to exemplify the unity of Christians against the ongoing horrors of violence and persecution in Iraq.

4/6/2017 Iraq (Christian Daily) – Around 100 Christians in Iraq are expected to spend their Holy Week participating in an 80-mile march for peace, which will start with mass on Palm Sunday in Irbil and will end in Alqosh in the Nineveh Plains.

The Chaldean Catholic Church, which has designated 2017 as the Year of Peace, has expressed support for the march for peace this Holy Week. Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad is calling for an end to the violence in Iraq and the rest off the Middle East, the Catholic Herald relays.

Speaking to Catholic News Service over the phone, Patriarch Sako said religious leaders and political leaders must initiate activities and decisions that will result in peace. In the past, he has also called on Iraqis to work towards national reconciliation and unity amid the existing scars of sectarian violence.

 

 

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