ed note–several important ‘protocols’ to keep in mind here.
Firstly, not just the ‘elephant in the room’ that does not get any mention, but indeed an entire HERD of them, i.e. Christians in a predominantly-Muslim country, in fact, as the piece itself off-handedly admits–
‘Thought to be one of the oldest Christian communities in the world prior to the 2003 US invasion and destruction of that country, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Around 80% of them have since fled, according to leading Christian clerics there.’
Not only is it one of the ‘oldest’ Christian communities in the world, it WAS one of the LARGEST in the Middle East, prior to, as the piece itself admits, ‘the 2003 US invasion and destruction of that country.’
This is of VITAL importance for all persons living on this late, great planet earth to consider and understand for several reasons, to wit–
1. The ‘big lie’ propagated by the disinfo/misinfo tentacles of Israel’s Mossad operating within the American Deep State and the Mainstream Media Mafia Monopoly owned whole-hog/lock, stock & barrel by Judea, Inc following the Israeli-engineered terrorist attacks on 9/11 that Islam and its adherents were ‘intolerant of other faiths’ (and ESPECIALLY Christianity) and to that end were out to kill Christians and wipe the memory of Jesus Christ ‘off the map’, when in fact, Jesus Christ, His mother, and His followers are described thus in the Quran–
‘Thou wilt find that the most hostile to mankind are those who are Jews and idolaters, while those most affectionate are those who say ‘Lo, we are Christians.’ That is because the Christians are not proud, and there are among them priests and monks who are men of learning and who have renounced the world.’
as well as–
‘…and Jesus spoke, saying ‘I am the slave of God, who has given me the scripture and appointed me a prophet, and has blessed me wheresoever I may be, and who has commanded me to prayer and to almsgiving so long as I remain alive, and who has made me dutiful towards my mother who bore me, and has not made me arrogant or unblest. Peace be upon me the day that I was born and the day that I die, and the day that I shall be raised alive.’ Such was Jesus, son of Mary, this is the truth about which there is no doubt.’
Kind of at slight variance with what we were all told by the lying mouth of a Mainstream Media Mafia Monopoly owned whole-hog/lock, stock & barrel by Judea, Inc following the Israeli-engineered terrorist attacks on 9/11, dontcha think?
What’s worse is how the followers of Judaism view the same Jesus Christ and His mother Mary so much revered by Islam but which gets NO mention whatsoever, to wit–
‘Jesus the Nazarene, along with his disciples, practiced sorcery and black magic, led Jews astray into idolatry, and was sponsored by foreign, gentile powers…’
‘Jesus the Nazarene was sexually immoral, worshipped statues of stone, was cut off from the Jewish people for his wickedness, and refused to repent…’
‘Miriam the hairdresser, mother of Jesus was a whore and the descendant of princes and governors who played the harlot with carpenters…’
Boy, talk about a herd of elephants in the room no one wants to discuss…
Ok, so the followers of Judaism lie, that’s as much a ‘given’ as fish swimming and birds flying.
What’s important about it is the gullibility of Gentiles and the apocalyptic disasters which they walk right into as a result of believing those lies, including the ‘war on terror’.
‘One of the key parts of the Pope’s itinerary is a Saturday visit to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a widely revered Shia cleric. Sistani will receive the pontiff at his residence in the holy city of Najaf, to the south of Baghdad. The papal meeting with the 90-year old Sistani — who is rarely seen in public — can be seen as one of the most significant summits between a pope and a leading Shia Muslim figure. The meeting with Sistani is expected by some to serve as the Shia Muslim component of the pontiff’s efforts to bolster interfaith relations.’
In other words, a CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER to Judea’s plans for seeing the ‘clash of civilizations’ between Islam and Christianity continue on for as long as it takes to see both peoples decimated via the mechanism of mutually-assured destruction.
Which means that the followers of Torah Judaism through the aegis of their terrorist enclave known as ‘the Jewish state’ gotta blow something up PDQ.
The truly tragic aspect of all of this is that had the Pope at the time of 9/11, John Paul II, found his Christian manhood 20 years ago and used his FORMIDABLE influence over the minds of his ‘flock’ (that numbers over 1 billion and who are found in virtually every country around the world) by revealing just SOME of the evidence above that is rock-solid in its truth and which disproves ‘the big lie’ concerning the evil and violent nature of Islam, a deliberate act of war propagated by the various tentacled interests within the mainstream media mafia monopoly owned whole-hog/lock, stock & barrel by the OFAG, it is somewhere between probable and definite that the entire ‘war on terror’ would never have taken place.
Pope Francis has landed in Iraq for an historic tour of the war-ravaged nation, where he is expected to meet with members of the country’s dwindling Christian community and draw attention to their plight.
The trip, which marks the first-ever papal visit to Iraq, also includes meetings with the country’s top political and religious officials. It is the pontiff’s first trip outside of Italy since the start of the pandemic.
“I am happy to start trips again and this is a symbolic trip. It’s a duty,” the Pope told journalists traveling with him on the papal plane. “It has been a martyred land for too long.”
On Friday, the pontiff held meetings with Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and President Barham Salih and will later meet with clerics and other officials at a Baghdad church that was the site of a bloody 2010 massacre.
“Holy Father, we are healing our wounds, and here you are, healing our wounds with us,” said Salih in an impassioned speech on Friday at a meeting with the Pope.
The Pope said he has come to Iraq as a “pilgrim.”
“I come as a penitent, asking forgiveness of heaven and my brothers and sisters for so much destruction and cruelty,” said the pontiff during a speech on Friday. “I come as a pilgrim of peace in the name of Christ, the Prince of Peace. How much we have prayed in these years for peace in Iraq.”
Francis was widely expected to cancel the visit after a surge in coronavirus cases gripped Iraq in recent weeks, and a spate of new rocket attacks deepened security fears. But the Pope insisted that the visit go on as scheduled, referring to Iraq’s ancient Christian community as “that martyred Church.”
The Pope’s Iraq trip could be his most dangerous yet. But the country’s dwindling Christian minority hopes it heals their wounds
“For some time I have wanted to meet these people who suffered so much, Francis said on Wednesday. “The people of Iraq are waiting for us. They were waiting for St. Pope John Paul II, who was not allowed to go,” he added, referring to a planned trip in 2000 which was canceled after a breakdown in talks between the Vatican and then President Saddam Hussein.
“The people cannot be let down for a second time. Let us pray that this trip can be carried out well.”
Iraqi officials have hailed the visit as an important moment for the country, while privately admitting that the timing of the trip has proved a challenge for authorities.
Iraq has imposed a total curfew for the entirety of the four-day papal visit in an attempt to minimize health and security risks.
One of the key parts of the Pope’s itinerary is a Saturday visit to Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, a widely revered Shia cleric. Sistani will receive the pontiff at his residence in the holy city of Najaf, to the south of Baghdad.
The papal meeting with the 90-year old Sistani — who is rarely seen in public — can be seen as one of the most significant summits between a pope and a leading Shia Muslim figure.
Francis has met with leading Sunni cleric Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on several occasions, famously co-signing a 2019 document pledging “human fraternity” between world religions.
The meeting with Sistani is expected by some to serve as the Shia Muslim component of the pontiff’s efforts to bolster interfaith relations.
‘I hope the Pope stays for a month’
The Pope is also scheduled to visit several Iraqi areas and cities linked to the Bible, such as the plain of Ur, believed to be the birthplace of Abraham.
He is said to have long-wished to go to Iraq whose dwindling Christian minority has suffered greatly from the country’s long cycles of violence.
Thought to be one of the oldest Christian communities in the world prior to the 2003 US invasion and destruction of that country, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Around 80% of them have since fled, according to leading Christian clerics there.
Members of the Christian minority, who were the target of repeated attacks by extremists, say they hope the papal visit will underscore the neglect they feel they have endured from Iraq’s authorities.
Many in the country’s Muslim majority, who loudly complain about government corruption and mismanagement, also have their hopes pinned on trip.
Tens of thousands of Iraqis staged months-long street demonstrations, some of which were violently quashed, in the months before the coronavirus pandemic began to spread here.
“The country needs services, security and peace,” said 50-year-old Mohammed Jassem. “[The Pope] can’t give us these things but we ask him to call on the leadership and the parties for these things.”
“We call on him to unify its ethnicity … the country requires unity and we hope he can bring us this,” he added.
Iraqi authorities have been busy preparing for the papal visit, cleaning streets and re-paving others where the Vatican delegation is scheduled to go. New street lamps light the roads and many previously broken traffic lights are back in commission.
The irony is not lost on Iraqis. “The streets of Baghdad have become a lot better within a week,” said 41-year-old shopkeeper Ahmad al-Assadi. “I wish he would stay for a month and tour all of Iraq … maybe then they can fix the entire country.”