Holy Father's concern for Iraq

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, has expressed a desire that the Church in Australia respond actively - "that the whole Church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace".

The following Statement from the Director of the Press Office on behalf of the Holy Father, conveys his deep concern for the dramatic situation of violence against the defenceless populations in Iraq, particular the Christian communities.