Iraqi Bishop Begs “Mercy for the Children”

BAGHDAD, Iraq, MARCH 17, 2003 ( As the Iraqi population braces for a possible war, a Catholic bishop made a dramatic appeal for “mercy for the children” and for all the civilians here.

Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of the Patriarchate of the Chaldeans in Baghdad said: “We tell people to love one another, as God loves us. War, however, sows discord, hatred, poverty, and in this way the whole of culture regresses.”

“This is why we ask everyone to cooperate through faith. This peace comes only from God,” he told Vatican Radio today. “We ask everyone to have mercy on Iraqi children, to have mercy on Iraqi young people, on our elderly, our women, who are desperate.”