A message of love and hope
Al-Jarwan said on this occasion, “We value the visit of Pope Francis to Iraq, which carries a message of love, peace, tolerance and support for the people of Iraq who have suffered from the scourge of wars and terrorism for many years, and we hope that it will be the beginning of hope for the reconstruction of Iraq.” He added that this letter is an extension of the “document of human fraternity” signed by His Holiness Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, and His Eminence the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif in Abu Dhabi, in February 2019. He pointed out that the Pope’s visit to Iraq confirms the importance of communication and dialogue from For the sake of peace, tolerance and coexistence, he said: “We, with different religions and beliefs, are in urgent need to support each other because we live in one world.” The President of the International Council for Tolerance and Peace expressed his belief that Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq may be reflected positively in terms of motivating those interested to provide logistical and material support, especially as it coincides with the start of the reconstruction of the destroyed archaeological and historical churches in Mosul and Baghdad.
The spirit of “human brotherhood”
On the other hand, the Muslim Council of Elders affirmed in a statement that the Pope’s historic visit comes to heal the wounds of the Iraqi people after many years of wars and devastation, and gives Iraq and the region hope for a better tomorrow based on tolerance and acceptance of others, and His Holiness’s keenness to complete the visit despite Challenges, reflects his belief in the spirit of human brotherhood, and is a call to convergence on the participants, and uphold the principle of equal citizenship for all, away from calls for hatred, sectarianism and strife. The Muslim Council of Elders noted that the papal visit to Iraq and the efforts made by His Holiness Pope Francis to promote peace are consistent with the council’s vision and objectives of promoting peace and coexistence, confronting hatred and extremism, and building a human relationship based on love and mutual respect. Dr. Sultan Al-Rumaithi, Secretary-General of the Council of Muslim Elders, said that the numerous visits of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Islamic world have strengthened bridges of dialogue and convergence between East and West, especially as they complement the efforts of his brother, the Grand Imam, Professor Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, Chairman of the Council of Muslim Elders. His tours and movements in the West, which culminated in a joint visit between the two religious figures to the UAE and the signing of the Human Fraternity Document in Abu Dhabi in February 2019.
A historic and brave move
For his part, the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, said in a tweet to him on the social networking site “Twitter”: “The historic and courageous visit of my brother Pope Francis to dear Iraq carries a message of peace, solidarity and support for all the Iraqi people. I pray to God for success in achieving this journey. The hoped-for fruits on the path of human fraternity ».
This trip comes two years after the joint visit of the Grand Imam, Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, and His Holiness Pope Francis, Pope of the Catholic Church, to the United Arab Emirates, during which they signed the “Document of Human Fraternity” on February 4, 2019; This was followed by a joint cooperation between the two religious institutions on many humanitarian issues, and the establishment of the Supreme Committee for Human Fraternity. (WAM)
“Joint Operations”: All the places of the Pope’s presence are secured
Lt. Gen. Abdul Amir Al-Shammari, Deputy Commander of Joint Operations in Iraq, confirmed on Friday that all places in which Pope Francis will be present are “completely secured.”
He said in a press statement, “The Pope’s visit is historic and important, so a security plan has been prepared to secure the places he will visit and in his place of residence as well.” He added, “The army aviation will secure the areas that the Pope will visit, as well as the churches in which the mass will be held.” Al-Shammari pointed out that “all measures have been taken to provide protection for the Pope, including securing roads and aerial reconnaissance, as well as conducting training practices.” The Pope arrived yesterday afternoon in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on a “pilgrimage” visit, as he described it, which will last for three days, during which he will visit the governorates of Najaf, Dhi Qar, Nineveh and Erbil.