(-ONLY VIDEO-) As the Pope led his general audience, he prayed for persecuted Christians in Iraq. He highlighted his spiritual closeness, adding that the Church is proud to have them as sons and daughters.
POPE'S ADDRESS TO PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS
"Today, I want to reassure my closeness to Christians, to the defenseless and persecuted. You are in the heart of the Church. The Church suffers with you and the Church is proud of you. It's proud to have sons and daughters like you. You are its strength and you offer a concrete and authentic testimony of salvation, forgiveness and love. I send all of you a hug. May the Lord bless and protect you.”