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Pope's message to Iraq interim leader

Pope John Paul II sent to a message to Iraq's interim president yesterday, saying he was praying that the hopes of the Iraqi people for "peace, freedom and prosperity" will soon be fulfilled.

The message to Ghazi al-Yawer said the Catholic Church internationally is offering its support as a "new chapter begins in the life of the nation."

"The Holy Father is confident that all religious groups within the country will be able to make their voices heard," the message said.

Iraqi Christians number about 800,000 - about 3 percent of the population. Most of them belong to the Chaldean Church, an Eastern-Rite church that is loyal to the pope but does not follow the Roman church's Latin Rite.

Pope Sends Iraqi Interim Leader Message (The Guardian/Associated Press 30/6/04)

John Paul II reflects on purpose of papacy (Catholic World News 30/6/04)
Anabaptists meet with Pope (Ekklesia 30/6/04)
Pope sends telegram to new President expressing hope of "new" country (Missionary Service News Agency 30/6/04)
Pope sends blessings to new Iraq government (Catholic World News 30/6/04)
Ecumenism is "irrevocable," Pope says (Catholic World News 30/6/04)
May Iraqi hopes for peace, freedom, prosperity be fulfilled (Vatican Information Service 28/6/04)
Let us advance in dialogue between Catholics & Orthodox (Vatican Information Service 28/6/04)
Pope John Paul: believing in Christ means desiring unity (Vatican Information Service 28/6/04)
Rite of the Pallium, sign of the Universality of the Church (Vatican Information Service 28/6/04)
The Pope to Al Yawar: May All Your Hopes Be Fulfilled ( 30/6/04)

31 Jul 2004