Fr. Habeb said the statue “will return to Karemlesh and will be in our church upon our return.”
Domestic violence incidents rose by 8.1% in the United States following lockdown orders, according to a Feb. 23 report by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice.
On Monday, President Biden stated his admiration or Pope Francis “for his commitment to promoting religious tolerance, the common bonds of our humanity, and interfaith understanding.”
Pope Francis made his comments about travel during an in-flight press conference on the flight back from a historic three-day visit to Iraq, where he met with political authorities, religious leaders, and Christian communities.
The Christian population in Iraq has been steadily dwindling for decades, from around 1.4 million in 2003 to around 250,000 Christians in the country.