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Cleanse your hearts of anger, live the Gospel, pope says at Mass in Irbil

IRBIL, Iraq (CNS) -- Having witnessed or even experienced persecution for their faith, the Christians of Iraq must be careful not to harbor thoughts of revenge, Pope Francis told them. After a full morning paying tribute to the victims of Islamic State violence, Pope Francis reached the last major event of his trip to Iraq: Mass March 7 with some 10,000 people at Irbil's Franso Hariri Stadium. Many ignored the social distancing measures put in place, and few wore the masks they were required to have because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Living the beatitudes can change the world, pope says in Iraq

BAGHDAD (CNS) -- Pope Francis told Iraqi Christians that when they suffer discrimination, persecution or war, the Eight Beatitudes are addressed to them. "Whatever the world takes from us is nothing compared to the tender and patient love with which the Lord fulfills his promises," the pope told the congregation sitting inside and outside the Chaldean Catholic Cathedral of St. Joseph March 6.

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