Baghdad - INA
The Archbishop of the Diocese of Erbil, the Chaldean Archbishop Mar Bashar Matti Warda revealed, today, Wednesday, the reason for the meeting of the Pope of the Vatican Francis with the supreme religious authority, Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, and the holding of the mass at a stadium in Erbil.
Warda said in a statement to the Iraqi News Agency (INA): "The meeting of Pope Francis with the supreme religious authority, Ali Al-Hussaini Al-Sistani, came to the status of Najaf and to emphasize the common human denominators, in addition to the status of the reference and Al-Sistani, Which requires pause and appreciation, "indicating that" what unites us is more than what we disagree with ideologically.”
Regarding the choice of Franco Hariri Stadium in Erbil as a place to hold the largest mass in the presence of the Pope, Warda affirmed that "the Ain kawa region is witnessing the largest Christian gathering in the Middle East, which includes about 8,000 families in one spot."
He continued, "The stadium, which accommodates about 30,000 people, was chosen to hold mass there, which came as a challenge to the Corona pandemic and to preserve social distancing, in addition to screening procedures and relying on people's awareness."