Pope Francis calls for action as Iraqi Christians forced to flee

Pope Francis (R), flanked by Archbishop Georg Ganswein, waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican August 6, 2014.  REUTERS/Stefano RellandiniReuters

Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Thursday to help end the crisis in northern Iraq after a sweeping advance by radical Islamic state militants forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian town to flee their homes.

“His Holiness addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, to act to protect those affected or threatened by violence and to provide aid, especially for the most urgent needs of the many who have been forced to flee and who depend on the solidarity of others,” the Vatican said in a statement.  

(Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Toby Chopra)



3 thoughts on “Pope Francis calls for action as Iraqi Christians forced to flee

  1. About time the Pope says something about Christians being murdered by the ton all over the place. Papal slacker. 🙁

  2. The POS muslims have been slaughtering Christians in Iraq for quite a while. No one lifted a finger to help them. The pope comes out yesterday and says we must do something and the very next day we start bombing. Sounds a lot like the PTB want to accomplish something and needed to start bombing again to make it happen.
    (there is a lot of oil in Northern Iraq, gee, I wonder if that could have anything to do with it)

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