» 06/07/2007, 00.00
The Plains of Niniveh, a trap for Iraqi Christians!
On the eve of the meeting between the Pope and Bush, the Archbishop of Kirkuk analyses the risks of the project to assign Christians an autonomous region in the Plains of Niniveh, a solution already rejected by authoritative figures in the Vatican.
An “Assyrian ghetto” in the Plains of Niniveh to save Iraq’s Christians
Politicized groups are pushing for the creation of an “Assyrian region” in the country’s north, on the border with Kurdistan. To this end, they are exploiting the anti-Christian persecution to confirm the urgency of carrying out their plan. A project being called for by those who know little of the situation in Iraq, it may be on the agenda for meetings between Bush and the Vatican.
Nineveh Plains project to destroy dialogue, only path for peace
Kirkuk’s Chaldean archbishop explains why he is against the plan to create a Christian “canton” on the Nineveh Plains. The area lacks the necessary infrastructure to host thousands of families and would deny Iraq its only way out, a culture of pluralism and dialogue. He appeals to local Church leaders to take a clear stance on the issue for the sake of the future of the country’s Christians.
For Kurdish bishop, Turkish airplanes are a new threat for the Christians who fled the Islamic State
Mgr Rabban al Qas, bishop of Duhok, said that Turkish fighter jets are “starting to cause fear”. Their bombs have caused damage and casualties. Fear is fuelling a desire “to escape”. Still, refugees from the Nineveh Plain are rebuilding their lives, with a house and a job. This weekend, 50 children in the diocese will receive the first communion.
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The upcoming Chaldean synod will focus on a new bishop for the Diocese of San Diego, liturgy renewal, help for Mosul refugees, and beatification of Chaldean martyrs. For the Chaldean primate, “closer and more effective action among bishops” and a united position on the country’s political future and the role of Christians are needed.
Kirkuk’s rooted faith, which will not give up to the war
A ceremony presided over by Msgr Sako marked the end of a theology course for over 20 students drawn from various Christian Churches. Iraqi Priest: “Despite the difficulties we still have hope”.
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