“As Pope Francis makes his historic visit to Iraq this weekend, becoming the first Pope ever to travel there, he does so in solidarity with all Chaldeans and other Iraqi Christians who are confronted with persecutions, wars, immigration, and other significant hardships. Let us pray together for the Holy Father’s safety and success, that his trip will bear fruit and advance efforts toward peace, human dignity, and religious liberty for all.
“And as archbishop of Detroit, I pray in a particular way that the Holy Father’s trip will serve as a source of encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ, the tens of thousands of Chaldean Catholics in southeast Michigan.”
Archbishop Allen Vigneron
March 4, 2021