ROME (CNS): An Iraqi archbishop said his advice to US troops is to leave the country as soon as they can help Iraqis form their own government.
Speaking at a meeting in the Italian city of Rimini on April 26, Archbishop Jules Mikhail al-Jamil, the Rome-based leader of Iraq’s Syrian-rite community in Europe, said a change for the better was long needed in Iraq.
Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, a Syrian who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches, said at the same conference that Arabs in the Middle East were grateful for the Pope’s public statements.
Meanwhile, retired Auxiliary Bishop Emmanuel-Karim Delly denied rumours that the Chaldean Catholic Church had mediated Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz’s surrender. He was quoted as telling reporters that Mr Aziz had simply done his job and his duty to his country, like other Iraqis