Angelus 30 August 2015


Pope Expresses Closeness to Victims’ Families in Iraq & All Iraqi People

Pope Francis Has Expressed His Desire to Visit Iraq in 2020

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Pope Francis has invoked for the people of Iraq, peace from God. he urged faithful to pray for thie Middle Eastern nation, hit by such tragedy, and most recently by great unrest, after reciting the midday Angelus prayer with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square today, Dec. 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent.

The Holy Father’s remarks came as he lamented: «I am following the situation in Iraq with concern.»

«I learned with grief that the protests in recent days have received a harsh reaction, which has caused dozens of victims.»

«I pray for the dead and the wounded,» Pope Francis noted, expressing: «I am close to their families and to the entire Iraqi people, invoking peace and concord from God.» 

The Holy Father has expressed his desire to visit Iraq in 2020. The Vatican, along with the Church in Iraq, have been working to organize the trip, presuming conditions still permit it.

Pope Francis concluded wishing all those present in St. Peter’s Square a good Sunday, good lunch, and reminding them to pray for him.


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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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