Bring awareness to the Vatican's religious exclusion

Bring awareness to the Vatican's religious exclusion

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Rona frank started this petition to Pope Francis and

 Pope Francis has announced a visit to Iraq where he plans to hold an interfaith prayer service, but failed to include the Jews. The service is planned to take place at the ancient site of Ur, the birthplace of Abraham.

Pope Francis named the event "Prayer for the sons and daughters of Abraham".

Ironically, the Jewish faith is not included in the Pope’s invitation. The Jews are direct descendants of Abraham and inhabited the middle east many centuries before the other Abrahamic religions. Furthermore, Iraq was an important Jewish center for centuries. It housed the first Jewish diaspora community containing many preeminent religious schools, whose ideas still deeply influence the religion today. Furthermore, one of the central religious texts of Judaism, the Babylonian Talmud, was composed in Iraq.

Given the Jews’ deep ties to Ur and Iraq, I think Jews should also be represented in this inter-faith event, titled  "Prayer for the sons and daughters of Abraham".

Why is Pope Francis disregarding the first Abrahamic religion and its roots in Ur and Iraq? By excluding Jewish representation, is the Vatican implying that Jews do not belong in Iraq or in the middle east? What kind of a peace promoting act is that?

Given the harsh role the Vatican played in Jewish history, I would expect the pope to be more sensitive. If the excuse is that few Jews live in Iraq— I would implore the Pope to consider the history surrounding this demographic. The Jews of Iraq were expelled from the country 70 years ago. Prior to their expulsion, Iraq had a sizable Jewish minority—In fact the population of Baghdad was 40% Jewish. The Iraqi brand of Judaism has its own distinctive traditions which are still practiced today by the descendants of the Jews who were expelled from Iraq 70 years ago.  

My message to the pope is that Silencing the first Abrahamic religion sends the world a strong antagonistic message, and call the Vatican to include all Abrahamic religions in an inter faith Abrahamic events.

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