Middle East

Pope presses UN to help Iraqi Christians

Pope Francis looks from a window overlooking St.Peter's Square during his Sunday Angelus August 10, 2014. (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

ROME: Pope Francis renewed his appeal Wednesday for international action to stop suffering among religious minorities in war-torn northern Iraq, calling for help in a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon.

"I write to you, Mr. Secretary General, and place before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq," the Pope said in the letter.

The Vatican called on Muslim religious leaders Tuesday to condemn the activity of Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq, said the international community was compelled to do all it could under international law to prevent the violence.





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