August 8, 2014

Pope sends envoy to Iraq to deliver message of support and aid embattled Christians

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A Chaldean Catholic woman holds a rosary during a Mass at Saint Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in the Ankawa neighborhood of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan on June 27, 2014. Many Iraqi Christians have fled to Erbil from other parts of the country because of violence from Muslim extremists.

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A Chaldean Catholic woman holds a rosary during a Mass at Saint Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in the Ankawa neighborhood of Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan on June 27, 2014. Many Iraqi Christians have fled to Erbil from other parts of the country because of violence from Muslim extremists.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The envoy is expected to deliver a personal message of solidarity and support from the pope as well as financial aid to those affected by the wave of violence.