Easter is a feast of hope, a celebration of God's mercy and a call to pray for and assist all who suffer.
He said Christians often were given the choice of converting to Islam or death, which was a choice between two types of death.
Although most Christians have previously fled the country, a handful of Salesian priests and a Missionaries of Charity chose to stay and continue their ministry.
I prefer a wounded family that makes daily efforts to put love into play to a society that is sick from isolationism and is habitually afraid of love,
Pope Francis wraps up six-day trip to Africa.
"You don't have to tell people they have something wrong; they know. Telling them that there is a way out is what they don't know."
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.’