» 05/31/2008, 00.00
IRAQ - ITALY
Archbishop Louis Sako: Do not abandon Iraqi Christians
The Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk, in Milan to receive the Defensor Fidei prize, asks for increased efforts to help the Christian communities stay in Iraq. Political and diplomatic pressure must be applied to the United States, and to countries that foster Islamisation. But "signs of hope" are also needed: schools, farming and commercial projects to increase employment.
Chaldean bishop of Kirkuk: Christians being driven out of Mosul for political reasons
The prelate launches an appeal, calling upon all to defend the minorities in Iraq, and the Christian minority, the target of many attacks, especially in Mosul. For the bishop, the Christians are victims of a political game connected to the upcoming elections, and to the project for a Christian enclave in the plain of Nineveh. An appeal to the Christians of the West as well, that they denounce every act of violence and to demonstrate solidarity and fellowship.
Appeal from Archbishop Sako: politics is also trying to wipe out Iraqi Christians
The archbishop of Kirkuk launches an appeal to the government and to UN representatives, for the protection of Christians and other minorities, excluded from the new law that will regulate the provincial elections. Yesterday, in all of Iraqi Kurdistan, demonstrations were held after the Sunday Masses.
102 children receive first communion in Erbil
The ceremony, presided over by Bishop Rabban al Qas, saw the participation of the entire local Christian community. A moment of "celebration" and of "hope" in witness to the vitality of the Iraqi Church, despite its suffering. A special "blessing from the pope" requested.
Mosul: more kidnappings and murders of Christians, to force them to the plain of Nineveh
A 60 year-old businessman killed, his kidnappers had demanded an enormous ransom. Another faithful of Mosul kidnapped; the fate of the doctor who was kidnapped in Kirkuk remains shrouded in mystery, AsiaNews sources: the violence disguises a political project to drive Christians out the city and force them to the plain of Nineveh.
Kurdish prime minister Barzani in Kirkuk to promote "peace and harmony"
The head of the government of Kurdistan has met with religious leaders and political representatives of the city. Archbishop Sako says he hopes that peace may not be mere "talk", but may become the concrete element on which to "rebuild society". Tension eases after violence of recent weeks.
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