Archbishop of Westminster

Cardinal Vincent Visits Christians in Erbil

In solidarity with Iraqi Christians who have been driven out of their homes and lands, Cardinal Vincent visited Erbil on 11 and 12 April.

In his Easter Vigil Homily the previous weekend the Cardinal spoke of the wretchedness of those who have been forced away from their homes', especially mentioning the millions of displaced people in Northern Iraq.

In drawing attention to their plight the Cardinal is also seeking to promote the humanitarian efforts aimed at alleviating the suffering of all refugees and displaced people. While recognising the witness and leadership of the Churches in Iraq, Cardinal Vincent is also asking what more can be done by governments across the world to prevent the persecution of Christians.

Cardinal Vincent was accompanied on this journey by Bishop Nicholas. Archbishop Bashar Warda, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil, hosted the visit, during which they met with Christian families living in refugee camps, as well as Christian and political leaders.

 

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