Rai will head a delegation of patriarchs on a visit to Iraq next week. (REUTERS/Saad Shalash)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will lead a delegation of Eastern patriarchs in a visit to Iraq next week to show support and solidarity with the thousands of Christians suffering the advance of Islamist militants."A delegation headed by Rai to [the Iraqi Kurdistan capital of] Irbil plans to visit Baghdad if the security situation allows for talks with officials there," Bishop Samir Mazloum told the Voice of Lebanon radio station. He said the delegation will leave Aug. 18 and will meet with Kurdish officials as well as with Patriarch Louis Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq.
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