» 07/21/2014 IRAQ Baghdad’s Muslims show solidarity with Christians by Thomas Tammo Men and women of the Islamic faith joined the Chaldeans in front of the church of St. George after the Sunday Eucharist. Some carried a placard bearing the words: "I am an Iraqi Christian”. They condemned the Isis violence in Mosul. The Patriarch of Baghdad: "Thanks to you there is still hope for a new Iraq."
Baghdad (AsiaNews) - A group of Baghdad Muslims, men and women, met yesterday evening after
Sunday mass in front of the Chaldean
church of St. George to condemn
the attacks on the Christian community
in Mosul carried out by the
Islamic State of the Levant and of 'Iraq (Isis) and to show
solidarity and closeness to communities
under threat. Some of them are presented themselves in front of the
church with a sign that read: "I am an Iraqi Christian."
The Chaldean faithful who joined them after
Mass sang the national anthem
along with them; several said: "My house is open for my Christian brothers and sisters."
His Beatitude Mar Louis Sako, Patriarch of
Baghdad, thanked them: "This
brings hope for a
new Iraq. I think especially of the young people, who have the task and the duty to change the situation."
According to the leader of the Chaldean Church it "is a shame and a crime to
force innocent people from their homes and confiscate their properties because they are 'different', because they are Christians. The whole world must rebel
against these abominable acts."
Christians, he said, "love Muslims and consider
them our brothers and sisters, they
must do the same. We are all
equal in dignity, all citizens of the same country. We must unite to
create a new Iraq. Thanks to all of you, there is still a hope". Before leaving, the Christians have prayed
the Our Father and the Muslims
the sura al Fatiha [the first of the Koran, which is the "summary" of the Muslim creed ed].