Abbas Al Sabbagh
Many of those who followed the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Iraq could not curb their feelings and tears, especially during his visit to the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance Martyrs and the mass that took place in this church that witnessed a bloody massacre in 2010 in which dozens of innocent Christian martyrs paid the price of despicable sectarian fanaticism at the hands of barbaric penitential savages gangs, which are the same gangs that dispossessed about a third of Iraq and turned it into ruins and graves, and after the Iraqis who lived in those areas suffered from calamities and tragedies, so they were tainted by all the colors of violence, killing and forced displacement, not to mention the excessive brutality that the Yazidi component was subjected to that endured the greater part of ISIS brutality With the human face of slavery, enslavement, rape, transgression of honor, murder of identity, and the largest process of ethnic cleansing in modern history.
After that, the exclusionary typhoon of atonement and the irritating, it became necessary for the whole world to reconsider its calculations, review itself, return to the path of righteousness, and live its lost humanity based on the principles of tolerance and the need to accept the different other and reject hatred and savagery in dealing with the different other by eradicating it or liquidating it just for the sake of difference,
And what are the brutal manifestations that occurred during the ISIS invasion except practical certifications of the lack of a culture of tolerance and acceptance of the different other, as happened in Mosul and Sinjar and in the Church of Our Lady of Deliverance Martyrs and other places that were afflicted with the disease of extremism penance.
The historic and spiritual meeting that brought together His Holiness Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani in his humble headquarters in Najaf was a glimmer of hope and a real and clear practical lesson of a culture of tolerance and acceptance of the other through a meeting of the two heads of tolerance for two different religions, that culture for which the United Nations designated an international day to celebrate it on The whole world, on the sixteenth of November of every year, in order to consolidate the values of tolerance, reject hatred and discrimination in all its forms, and respect the peculiarities and cultures of others, whatever they are.
The white doves that were launched during the visit of His Holiness the Pope carried more than a symbolic connotation of purity expressing moderation, tolerance and acceptance of others, as confirmed in a practical way far from flattery and courtesy, poles of tolerance, peace and humility the two great spiritual leaders and close to the shrine of Ali bin Abi Talib, the author of the principle of tolerance The first (people are two types, either a brother to you in religion, or equivalent to you in character).
Let the visit of His Holiness the Pope to Iraq be an example of promoting tolerance and acceptance of others among all Iraqis as a basis for building a modern, civilized state.