IRAQ - VATICAN - For Chaldean Patriarch, pope's letter to the Christians of the East is an "oracle," a source of courage and hope [AN]


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Francis’ words are “beautiful” and “moving,” said Mar Sako, expressing “profound suffering” and “closeness”. They are the voice of a prophet who embraces a community that is preparing to celebrate Christmas under tents. The pope’s “spiritual closeness” is “even stronger than the physical distance.”

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