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  1. In Iraq, Pope calls Yazidis 'innocent victims of senseless ...

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    Mar 05, 2021 · Pope Francis In his first public address on his history-making trip to Iraq, Pope Francis says the minority Yazidis were victims of violent "atrocities" at the hands of the Islamic State group.

  2. Jan 08, 2015 · An estimated 5,000 Yazidi women are being held as slaves by militants from the Islamic State group, Pope Francis was told when he met a top-level delegation of Yazidi leaders Thursday at the Vati...

  3. Yazidis say they are very thankful for Pope's support ...

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    Jan 24, 2018 · Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed to the world to take action in favour of the rights of the persecuted Yazidis, and he described the religious minority as “innocent victims of a senseless and inhumane barbarity.

  4. Jan 24, 2018 · Francis also voiced his concern for thousands of Yazidis still in the hands of terrorists. Estimates say at least 5,000 young Yazidi women were kidnapped by ISIS in 2014, to be raped and possibly...

  5. Pope decries religious persecution in meeting with Yazidis

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    Jan 24, 2018 · Vatican City, Jan 24, 2018 / 10:12 am. Speaking to members of the Yazidi community, a religious minority which has been persecuted by the Islamic State, Pope Francis said Wednesday that everyone ...

  6. Pope Francis denounces extremism on historic visit to Iraq ...

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    Mar 06, 2021 · What else did the Pope say? ... He singled out the suffering of the Yazidi community which had "mourned the deaths of many men and witnessed thousands of women, girls and children kidnapped, sold ...

  7. Mar 20, 2021 · Q: Speaking to reporters on the plane, Pope Francis said that one of the reasons he visited Iraq was after reading your book "The Last Girl." In his first speech, which he addressed to the country's authorities, he recalled the suffering of the Yazidis. How important is it to have the Pope offering this advocacy for you?

  8. Pope Francis denounces extremism on historic visit to Iraq ...

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    Mar 06, 2021 · Pope Francis has condemned extremism in the name of religion on a historic visit to Iraq where he discussed the plight of the Christian minority. Hostility, extremism and violence are "betrayals of...

  9. Yazidis Issue Open Letter to Pope Francis, Ask for Advocacy ...

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    • An Open Letter to Pope Francis
    • Holy See Response
    • Content of Open Letter

    Upon hearing that Francis had chosen to visit Iraq next month, the Yazidi leaders quickly decided to issue an open letter, through Barakat, to the Holy See, the contents of which include a renewal of multiple appeals—from 2015, and again in 2018—to the Pope to speak on behalf of their people. “We ask that you call upon International Leaders to recognize our people under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and as Internally Displaced,” they wrote. “Our mountain should be considered protected by the International Community, and our people under conservation as we see our culture and faith displaced by violence throughout the world. We should not have to fear future invasions by Iraqis, Turkish, Iran. We should be considered neutral and our mountain as neutral and sovereign territory.” Amid reports that ISIS may be using the pandemic to regroup in the region, and of renewed tensions and outbreaks of conflicts in Turkey, Barakat—along with other Yazidi leaders—believe...

    By request from the Yazidi community, The Epoch Times provided the open letter and invitation to multiple individuals within the Holy See, including the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue—which, in 2019, produced the so-called Abu Dhabi declaration on “Human Fraternity and Living Together.” The Pontifical Council acknowledged receipt of the letter but issued no comment. It’s unlikely that Francis will deviate from his publicized schedule, even after a historic invitation from a religious minority that boasts of its peaceful coexistence with and support of Christians—to include protection of Christian minorities such as the Armenians during the 1915–1919 Armenian Genocide. The Holy See press office didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment.

    His Holiness, Pope Francis I am Ghazi Morad Barakat, representative of the Yazidi community in Italy. Your Holiness, we have heard that you have honored Iraq in your first Apostolic visit since the coronavirus spread throughout the world, and are grateful that your visit will bring critical focus on the difficulties so many of us are suffering, still. Unfortunately, despite the promises of aid and protection from the International community, over 700 Yazidis remain on Mt. Sinjar, living in dilapidated tents given to us by the UN over 7 years ago. None of the aid from Aid to the Church in Need, or the thousands of NGOs and Charities have reached our people, and we must beg your help to bring light to this travesty. Our ancient people, our culture, and faith may soon disappear. We now are turning to recording our stories, so that the future may remember we once existed. The Yazidis are a peaceful people, and as Zoroastrians, seek to live in harmony with all—but history shows how littl...

  10. Pope Francis warns priests and seminarians against worldly ...

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    Mar 30, 2021 · Vatican City, Jan 24, 2018 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).-Speaking to members of the Yazidi community, a religious minority which has been persecuted by the Islamic State, Pope Francis said Wednesday ...

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