CNA Staff, Mar 7, 2021 / 08:50 am (CNA).- Pope Francis on Sunday expressed joy at the vitality of the Church in Iraq despite years of fierce persecution.

Celebrating Mass in the Franso Hariri Stadium in Erbil on March 7, the pope praised the country’s dwindling Christian community for its care for the poor. 

“The Church in Iraq, by God’s grace, is already doing much to proclaim this wonderful wisdom of the cross by spreading Christ’s mercy and forgiveness, particularly towards those in greatest need,” he told an estimated 10,000 people gathered in the stadium.

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