The radio station "Voice of New and Free Iraq" went on the air in Baghdad on Monday.
In its first broadcast the radio station called on all Iraqis for cooperation with the "troops that have liberated the Iraqi people and who had come to help us to turn Iraq into a united and free country."
Its first broadcast also contains a call for putting an end to plundering, which "humiliates Iraq in the eyes of the whole world, obstructs carrying out humanitarian aid programs and delays the process of Iraq's restoration, including resumption of electricity and water supply. Plunders, the radio address says, are robbing the coming Iraqi generations of hopes."
The new radio station asked Iraqis to display patience and to work "together with the allied troops."
The Voice of New and Free Iraq is the first Iraqi radio station after the fall of the old regime. Television still does not function in Iraq, and not a single national newspaper comes out.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.