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Pope expresses outrage at violence in Iraq

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has expressed outrage at the violence aimed at religious minorities in Iraq, where fleeing children have died of thirst, and said his emissary to the region would leave Monday.

In a strongly worded message during his traditional Sunday blessing, Francis said the news from Iraq "leaves us in disbelief." He cited "the thousands of people, including Christians, who have been brutally forced from their homes, children who have died from thirst during the escape and women who have been seized."

The pope urged the international community to find a political solution "to stop these crimes."

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Vatican's ambassador in Baghdad during the Iraqi war, will travel to Iraq to show solidarity with Christians, among those targeted by Islamic State militants for elimination.

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for.good.or.evil August 10 2014 at 3:09 PM

I think Pope Francis understands
the evil being brought upon the people of Iraq
by these ISIS Muslim terrorists.
The mass torture and murders
being committed in the name of their Muslim 'religion' is in reality
the work of Satan and his followers.
Could this be a prelude
to 'the end of times'..?
It is certainly a test of mankind's will to fight and defeat such evil
or surrender and be lost forever.
America's President
Barack Hussein Obama
would prefer to "contain" this evil
rather than fight and
annihilate these apostles of Satan.
Do YOU stand with
Barack Hussein Obama
and his plan to 'contain'
or instead,
Do you stand in urging
the good people of America to help destroy this evil and in urging other
good nations to help in eliminating Satan's ISIS Muslim terrorists.?

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jshe44281 August 10 2014 at 8:11 AM

Just curious. how much aid has the vatican sent to those trapped on that mountain in iraq? Outrage won't get it. They need food water and weapons. Shake loos a contingent of those fancy ass Swiss Guards and be some real help.

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ram4131 August 10 2014 at 9:28 AM

Standing at a microphone expressing outrage does nothing to solve the problem. The Pope does realize Muslims want him dead doesn't he?

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aljoramaggio August 10 2014 at 10:33 AM

Good for Pope Francis!
He has shown in the short time that he has been in his position, as the leader of the World's Roman Catholics, that he not only "talks the talk, but walks the walk, " when tending to not only the problems in his own house, but also the wider Christian community.
Would that more of the religious and secular world leaders be as forthcoming in their condemnation of the evil that is happening. He's a forthright speaker, who doesn't mask the injustices he sees, with rhetoric.

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avatarexplorer August 10 2014 at 10:35 AM

Bravo to pope Francis..the ONLY religious leader that has enough guts to tell the world violence should stop..NOW!! I have yet to see a "Muslim Leader" denouncing those outbreaks..they are blood thirty and they do NOT want peace ..they want to control and destroy Christianity, as their only goal left beside their profound hate
for mankind evolution of peace and prosperity .

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artskibeach August 10 2014 at 9:13 AM

oh, and he ISN'T "outraged" by the statement from his predecessor that condoms don’t prevent aids, causing the usa to pull support for their dissemination and resulting in untold deaths? He ISN’T “outraged” about the fact that his religion is used to stifle science, keep women as second class humans, has hidden pedophiles, has billions in wealth that should be used for the good of many… WHAT A HYPOCRITE! ALL RELIGION NEEDS TO GO AWAY!

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godabarb August 10 2014 at 8:49 AM

horrifying, but it is known how weak the rest of the world is........the USA being a major joke

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jpweg5 August 10 2014 at 8:41 AM

I'm outraged that his priests were molesting young boys, who trusted them. I wonder what the rate of alcoholism is among priests. I would bet it's very high. The pope should STFU and tend to worry about his own problems. The catholic church is circling the drain anyway, not relevant at all.

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luvprr August 10 2014 at 8:19 AM

Being enraged means little to those affected. I wonder how he himself seriously views his influence in this matter.

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aljje23 August 10 2014 at 8:58 AM

Lewis: too bad he is not as outraged about his peodophiles that have been and still are molesting children. This has been going on since the 4th century. It is time to take the trash out. Turn over the records, that have not been conveniently destroyed, to the proper authorities and have the trask prosecuted and hopefully executed.

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