31 January, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 01/10/2008
IRAQ
Archbishop of Kirkuk says bombs will not kill hope or stop dialogue
Following yesterday’s two attacks against the Chaldean cathedral and a Syro-Orthodox Church, Msgr. Sako speaks of a “political message aimed at Christians” and guarantees that “our commitment to building peaceful coexistence will not stop”. Appeal to the faithful of the world: we will not give in but we need your prayers.

Kirkuk (AsiaNews) – “We are concerned by yesterday’s attacks but we continue to have hope and we will continue in our commitment to inter-religious dialogue”.  Msgr. Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk declared to AsiaNews in the aftermath of yesterday’s two car bomb attacks (not three as it had first been reported) which targeted the Chaldean cathedral of the Sacred Heart and the Syro-Orthodox church of Mar-Ephrem. The explosions - described by the prelate as a “political message to Christians”- caused material damage and left “one or two people slightly injured”.

“We do not know who are behind the attacks – the prelate explains – but one thing is certain: these actions aim to send a clear message to Iraq’s Christians”.  “They are co-ordinated – continues Msgr. Sako – they target Christian places of worship, they do not want to provoke deaths, but at the same time they do not leave us in peace”.  On January 6th, 7 Christian targets in Mosul and Baghdad were attacked using exactly the same formula, (co-ordinated car bombs planned so as not to cause massacres).  The Iraqi government had condemned the acts of terrorism and guaranteed protection for Christians.

Words and gestures of solidarity were immediately expressed towards the Christian community of Kirkuk, by political and religious figures of note.  “The ordinary people were the first to show their solidarity – the archbishop says –local leaders followed, political parties, Sunni and Shiite religious”.  The ecclesial authorities also telephoned Msgr. Sako: the Chaldean Patriarch Emmanuel III Dally; the Assyrian Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV from the United States; as well as “bishops and friends from across the world”.  Msgr. Sako is not discouraged and guarantees: “One thing remains absolute and unshakable for our community here in Kirkuk, we will persevere with dialogue to build and strengthen peaceful coexistence”. And from the faithful gathered around their bishop an appeal: “The witness of Iraq’s faithful is strong in a time of great difficulty, keep praying for us”. (MA)

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
03/01/2010 IRAQ
Iraqi Christians demonstrate, fast against killings and the Nineveh “ghetto”
06/06/2007 IRAQ
Chaldean synod: the names of two new bishops leaked
01/11/2008 IRAQ
Imam of Kirkuk: attacks against Christians are “against Islam”
06/06/2007 IRAQ
Chaldean priest kidnapped in Baghdad
11/23/2007 IRAQ
The fears and hopes of Iraqi Christians
by Louis Sako*

Editor's choices
IRAQ
The children of Mosul and the future: the "five-star" refugee camp
by Bernardo CervelleraIn the garden of the parish of Mar Elia beside the tents there are containers that serve as classrooms for the children and as a library. Another serves as a room for sewing. A children's choir. Fr. Douglas: "Taking care of refugees does not just mean thinking about eating, drinking, medicines, injections, vaccinations ... The displaced persons need to do something and to cultivate hope."
IRAQ
Way of the Cross: the refugees from Mosul beyond the emergency
by Bernardo CervelleraThere are at least half a million people who have taken refuge in Kurdistan to flee from ISIS. In the Shlama Mall at Erbil: 350 people living in the skeleton of a building under construction, with draped sheets and blankets serving as walls. The ordination of a young man, also a refugee, shows that with the flight, there is something that has not been destroyed: the faith, the traditions, the priesthood.
IRAQ - VATICAN
As 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' continues, Mosul bishop notes that Jesus is born amid refugee containers
by Amel NonaPersecuted by the Islamic state, refugees have lost everything: belongings, home, jobs, school, and their future. Yet, their faith and mission remain strong. For them, almost 900,000 euros have been raised and sent. Pope Francis sends a message of closeness. The campaign continues according to the Patriarch of Baghdad's proposal of fasting and moderation at Christmas and New Year, with the money saved offered to the Christians of Mosul.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.