An estimated 2.6 million people have been uprooted from their homes in Iraq since January 2014.
The theme of the eighth international World Meeting of Families is "Love is Our Mission, The Family Fully Alive."
"The church doesn't distinguish between faiths and religions -- we assist everyone on the basis of needs, whatever their background."
‘They have taken our homes,but they will never take our faith.’
Pope Francis prayed that "the international community would not stand by mute and unresponsive before such unacceptable crimes."
For it is only in giving, in sharing, that we find the source of our joy and come to experience salvation.
"We can no longer turn our heads away from the human suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.”
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The initial targets of CRS aid will be the thousands in need of shelter.
“The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness.”