Earlier today, Pope Francis visited Mosul in Iraq, where he lead prayers for Iraq’s war victims on the third day of his historic tour of Iraq.
Before his prayer, the Pope shared his own thoughts, centred on three main ideas:
“If God is the God of life – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to kill our brothers and sisters in His Name.
If God is the God of peace – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to wage war in His Name.
If God is the God of love – for so He is – then it is wrong for us to hate our brothers and sisters.”
It’s interesting that Mosul is the city where Baghdadi declared his fake “caliphate“ in 2014 (without any ijaza either), further claiming the so-called “Islamic State” would march on Rome. Here we are 7 years later with Rome in Mosul…
We would do well to remember the words of Jesus, peace be upon him, whom all Christians and Muslims revere and hold in the highest of esteem and love, who said, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matt 7:15 NIV). Perhaps if the followers of the fake caliph had kept these words in mind, many countless people wouldn’t have lost their lives needlessly in the pursuit of a false utopia that was truly a hellish nightmare.
I wish Pope Francis and his entourage a successful and blessed visit to Iraq, a country I enjoyed visiting in 2019. I pray Iraq never has to revisit the dark days of war again, and citizens of all beliefs can live peacefully together as neighbours and friends.
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