1 September, 2014 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


» 04/03/2012
IRAQ
Bishop Warduni: Iraqi Christians prepare for Easter. Government assures greater security
The auxiliary bishop of Baghdad confirms the "satisfaction" among priests for the high number of faithful who attended Palm Sunday celebrations. The hope that the liturgies will be held in "security" and the testimonies of "closeness" of some Muslim leaders. And a call not to leave the Arab Spring in the hands of extremists.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Iraqi Christians are preparing for Easter "on a spiritual level," fortified by the period of "fasting of Lent" which is observed in the Eastern Churches "with particular rigor." So Msgr. Shlemon Warduni, auxiliary bishop of Baghdad, tells AsiaNews about the beginning of Holy Week in a country still torn apart by violence and attacks, in which the Christian minority - almost halved in a few years - is often the victim of persecution. Abstinence from meat "in the first, fourth and last week," combined with a fast in some cases complete "on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday," the prelate adds, are a source of courage and strength in a community that is still alive and is a treasure for the whole Middle East region. To prevent incidents or attacks, the government has ensured greater protection.

Bishop Warduni also expresses the "satisfaction" of priests in the capital, for the number of faithful who visited the churches during Palm Sunday celebrated on April 1. "[The churches] were definitely not as full as in the past - says the bishop - but the turnout was higher than expected and the priests were satisfied. On Sundays preceding the number was smaller, so we did not expect to see such a numerous turnout." Many adults with the children, which lent these places of worship an atmosphere of joy and celebration. "We prayed and sang together" continues auxiliary bishop of Baghdad.

In recent weeks, Iraq has experienced a series of violence and attacks that hit both the capital and the areas north of the country. In recent days in Mosul a faithful was killed and the Christian minority is in danger of being crushed by the power struggle that pits Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds, against each other and which is funded and supported by fundamentalist movements abroad or foreign powers. "So far there have been no incidents of violence - continues Msgr. Warduni - and we hope that this will also be the case in the coming days. Today and tomorrow are days of penance and confession, Holy Thursday, the blessing of the oils and the washing of feet". The real wait is for the Way of the Cross on Friday, with the reading of the passion, alternating moments of preaching. "The Way of the Cross will be held inside places of worship - clarifies the prelate - to avoid incidents." On Saturday, the Easter vigil in some cases, will continue "until at 9 or 10 at night." Then on Sunday, the heart of the celebrations will bring together all Iraqi communities in the capital.

"The central government has provided more protection - says Msgr. Warduni - to guarantee conditions for the safe celebration of the holidays. We were also recently visited by some Muslims, Islamic religious leaders", to demonstrate their closeness to the Christian holidays. "Fanaticism is not missing - says the prelate - and even the Arab Spring could not prevent the rise of extremist movements that are against their fellow Muslims." However, the prelate concludes, "the Christian hope that comes from our faith tells us not to condemn anything, not even the Arab Spring: we hope that all events are for the good of the world, for the good of the human being, and supressed by fanaticism and by elements far from God and from religion. "(DS)

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/14/2009 IRAQ
Almost calm Easter celebrations in Baghdad, Mosul and Basra
04/10/2012 IRAQ - LEBANON
Educating people, building peace, Islamic-Christian dialogue from Lebanon to Iraq
by Maroun Atallah
03/23/2005 IRAQ
Christians of Mosul, the light of the Resurrection in the Calvary of war
by Marta Allevato
03/31/2005 IRAQ
Easter in Mosul, Christians overcome fear and throng churches
03/21/2005 LEBANON
Palm Sunday, when hope lies with the young

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
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.