Surprising Remarks from Iraqi Religious Leader

Mar 23, 2021

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A step in the right direction?

I certainly hope and pray so—for the sake of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq.

During a recent meeting between Shia Islam's Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Pope Francis, the former declared that Christians should "live like all Iraqis, in security and peace and with full constitutional rights."

He also said that religious authorities have a role to play "in protecting them, and others who have also suffered injustice and harm in the events of past years."

In a nation where many Christ-followers must keep their faith a secret or suffer extreme consequences, the Muslim leader's statement about the Christian minority in Iraq provides at least some hope for the country's future religious dialogue.

For his part, the pope declared to Iraq's Christians in a gathering at Baghdad’s Chaldean Cathedral of St. Joseph that the Beatitudes were written for people like them:

"Dear sister, dear brother, perhaps when you look at your hands, they seem empty, perhaps you feel disheartened and unsatisfied by life. If so, do not be afraid: The Beatitudes are for you—for you who are afflicted, who hunger and thirst for justice, who are persecuted. The Lord promises you that your name is written on his heart, written in heaven!"

This is the kind of encouragement you provide when you partner with Liberty Relief International to support persecuted Christians.

As you stand with us today and give generously to meet the burgeoning needs of Christians in Iraq and elsewhere—places where it's dangerous, even deadly, to follow Jesus—you'll send physical and spiritual assistance in His name by way of our local, Christ-centered partners.

Your giving translates to:

  • Rebuilding homes and churches.
  • Offering humanitarian aid like food, water, medical care and shelter.
  • Providing trauma counseling and recovery.
  • Encouraging those who feel alone.
  • Distributing Bibles and discipleship materials.
  • And more!

It would mean so much to Christians in hostile countries if you'd open your heart and your hand to them today ... persecuted brothers and sisters all over the world in desperate need of hope.

With Iraq ranking at No. 11 on the 2021 Open Doors World Watch List, let's use this recent news to prompt us to pray for Christians and other religious minorities there.

Thank you for letting them know they're not alone!


Mat Staver

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