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Pope to Iraqi president: 'I appeal to you with my heart full of pain'

Pope Francis wrote to the president of Iraq, calling for an end to the "brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities" and urging political leaders to end the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Francis said in his letter to Iraqi President Fouad Massoum: "I appeal to you with my heart full of pain while I follow the brutal suffering of Christians and other religious minorities who are forced to leave their homes, as their places of worship are destroyed."

How does one respond to a troubled world?

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I don't know about you, but I have been deeply troubled by what seems to be an unraveling of the world around us in so many different hot spots.

Just to name a few:

1. The escalation of violence in Ukraine, including the shooting down of a passenger airline with the loss of all passengers on board

2. The continuing loss of life and violence in Gaza and Israel

Francis to Korean bishops: 'Be one with the poor'

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   SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- A visibly animated Pope Francis came out strong on his first day in South Korea, telling its bishops that solidarity with the poor must be seen as “the essential element of the Christian life.”

   His words were uncompromising. This solidarity, he said, “must penetrate the hearts and minds of the faithful and be reflected in every aspect of ecclesial life.”

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