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Iraqi Catholics seeking to observe normal Holy Week

The looting and fires still raging in war-torn Iraq are making it difficult for the country's Catholics to observe Holy Week in peace.

"We celebrated Palm Sunday almost normally," said Archbishop Fernando Filoni, papal nuncio in Iraq. "The ceremonies took place in the churches. Participation was relative, as some Christians were unable to attend or are still outside, in the villages."

"Unfortunately, the looting and fires continue," he told Vatican Radio. "Hence, to leave one's home is extremely problematic."

Speaking on Monday, the nuncio said: "Today we woke up to a deluge of ashes. Unfortunately, the national library has been set on fire. It is a great loss, as the memory and history of a people is being burnt and has been lost."


Lebanon Catholic group blames coalition forces for looting in Baghdad (Daily Star)
[Caritas Iraq] convoy heading for Iraq (Independent Catholic News)
Bullets in Iraq, but all quiet on the Vatican front (Our Sunday Visitor)
Vatican Prelates Affirm UN Role in Iraq (Catholic World News)

16 Apr 2003