“YOU ARE PART OF US AND WE ARE PART OF YOU, AND YOU ARE IN OUR HEARTS AND WE ARE SUFFERING TO WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOU, SUNNIS AND SHIITES BECAUSE EVERYONE IS TARGETED”, said Iraq’s most influential Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Al-Sistani, to Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Raphael Louis I Sako during their meeting in Najaf on August 9, 2014.
His Beatitude said in his press conference, after the meeting: “I asked Him to call for speeding up the formation of a national unity government. We are touched by Al-Sistani’s attention for all Iraqi components not only for the Shia, but for all Iraqis and he is keen on what is happening in Iraq and he hopes and works in order to keep the national unity of Iraq and its soil. We talked about the suffering of more than 100 thousand displaced Christians to the cities of the Kurdistan region”.
Al-Sistani on his part replied that “You are part of us and we are part of you, and you are in our hearts and we are suffering to what is happening to you, Sunnis and Shiites are also targeted. Najef is open to the displaced families. They are welcomed”
Il Patriarch Sako requested that the Religious authority should raise a strong voice condemning powerfully all marginalization and any exclusion of a single component as injustice since the human life is a gift from God, a sacred value that no one can eliminate or marginalize.
Al-Sistani responded with these words, “Not everyone hears my voice as the voice of the Pope. There are people who do not want to build a good country”.
The meeting lasted for 20 Minutes.