Pope OKs protecting Iraq minorities

Aboard the papal plane - Pope Francis has endorsed the use of force in Iraq to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities but says the international community - and not just one country - should decide how to intervene.

The pope also said he and his advisers are considering whether he might go to northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, but are holding off on a decision for now.

In comments on Monday to journalists returning from South Korea, Pope Francis confirmed he will travel to the United States in September 2015 to attend a family rally in Philadelphia and was considering a three-city tour to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York.

He said a Mexico stop on that trip was possible, as well as a separate visit to Spain.

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John Greystoke 2014-08-19 01:05:56 AM
Ah, nice! The man gave his blessing! Go get them tiger!
Bobby Dias 2014-08-19 01:38:18 AM
The Pope should stop reading Iraq's lies that meant to enrage people into destroying the Sunni/ISIS who have taken back their 1,000 year home that the Shia of Iraq stole from them, slaughtering 40,50,000 Sunni/ISIS. The 40,000-50,000 slaughtered Sunni/ISIS number came to me directly from Benjamin Netanyahu. A destroyed Sunni/ISIS would allow the Shia of Iraq to again steal western Iraq.
Mark Russell 2014-08-19 06:08:22 AM
I thought he was meant to be a spiritual leader, not a political one. Who cares what the Pope had to say about this issue. I am far more interested in what he has to say about the years of abuse inflicted upon the innocent children by his clergy and the churches policy of protecting these vile meat sacks from answering for their crimes.
Johnny B Goode 2014-08-19 06:34:45 AM
"The pope also said he and his advisers are considering whether he might go to northern Iraq to show solidarity with persecuted Christians, but are holding off on a decision for now." Looking into the security situation no doubt as he knows there is no god to protect him.