Pope Meets Prime Minister of Iraq

Spoke on Situation of Christians, Ethnic, Religious Minorities Living in War-torn Nation, How Their Rights Must Be Protected

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Pope Francis received Prime Minister of Iraq Haydar al-Abadi in audience this morning in the study of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, the discussions were cordial and reference was made to their good state of bilateral relations, to the life of the Church in the country and to the situation of Christians and ethnic and religious minorities living in Iraq.
They addressed the importance of their presence, it noted, and the need to protect their rights.
“Emphasis,” the statement continued, “was placed on the role of interreligious dialogue and the responsibility of religious communities in promoting tolerance and peace.”
“In this context, mention was made of the importance of the reconciliation process between the various social sectors within the country, and the national humanitarian and regional situation.”
After meeting with the Holy Father, the prime minister met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by Secretary for Relations with the States, Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher.

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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