Pope sending cardinal to Iraq to support fleeing Christians

Pope Francis is sending a cardinal to Iraq to help thousands of Christians fleeing the rapid advance of jihadis of the Islamic State (IS), the Vatican said on Friday.

AFP| Last Updated: Aug 08, 2014, 20:24 PM IST

Vatican City: Pope Francis is sending a cardinal to Iraq to help thousands of Christians fleeing the rapid advance of jihadis of the Islamic State (IS), the Vatican said on Friday.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, a former papal nuncio to the country, is being sent to Iraqi Kurdistan to "show the pope`s solidarity with the suffering of the population", papal spokesman Federico Lombardi said.