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Chaldean Archbishop: Christians and Muslims fleeing Mosul, occupied by Islamists
Msgr. Nona appeals urgently for aid because supplies of food and water are running scarce. The Islamists have taken control of the city. Police and military have abandoned their weapons. Faithful, priests and nuns have left the area, the churches are closed. The prelate prays for a "strong state" that is a guarantor of peace and unity. Premier Al-Maliki declares a state of emergency.
Patriarch of Baghdad, Mosul Christians should be able to stay in Iraq, not forced into exile
Mar Sako thanks France and Bahrain for the proposal to facilitate visas for Iraqi Christians, but calls for support for "a political solution" so the population is not forced to leave Iraq. Desperate need for emergency aid and shelters for refugees.
Kirkuk, Christians and Muslims pray for Msgr. Rahho and for all Iraqi Martyrs
Today is the first anniversary of the kidnap and death of the Archbishop of Mosul. The local community has crowded into the churches to honour the prelate’s memory. Muslim representatives also take part in the commemoration. The Archbishop of Kirkuk: Over 700 killed, including children. The blood of Iraqi martyrs is an invitation to “national cooperation and reconciliation”.
For Mosul Archbishop, Islamist violence has led to new "unity" among Christians and the Church of Iraq
For Mgr Nona, hope remains alive at this dark moment. Renewed ties among the faithful and the members of the Chaldean Church are among the positive signs. Dignity and long-term prospects for displaced people must be restored. He expresses special thanks to AsiaNews for its solidarity initiative. Al Maliki leaves the field open for the formation of a government of national unity.
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