» 05/10/2007, 00.00
Christian leaders join in Patriach Delly’s Iraq appeal
The Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East and the Syrian-Orthodox Bishop of Aleppo said they were “moved” by the Chaldean Patriarch’s condemnation of Christian persecution in Iraq. They have urged Baghdad, the UN and international forces to “extinguish the flames in which all Iraqis are burning”. Mgr Gregotios Yohanna Ibrahim: “A plan is afoot to change the country’s social structure.”
Terror campaign targets Chaldean church in Iraq
There were two new attacks against the parish of the Holy Spirit in Mosul in as many days. A convent of Dominican Sisters has also been struck. These are the most blatant signs of a campaign that aims to throw Christians out of Iraq. Then there is the problem of emigration, a problem afflicting also Shiites and Sunnis.
A policy of “ethnic cleansing” against Christians under way in Mosul, Mgr Sako says
The archbishop of Kirkuk says security measures will be strengthened during Christmas for fear of new attacks. Two attacks are carried out in Mosul yesterday; two churches are hit, one baby girl is dead and 40 people are wounded. Source tells AsiaNews that the Christian community is “destined to die” in the city.
New priest for Mosul, first communions in Baghdad
A new Chaldean priest was ordained over the weekend in the diocese of Mosul: “I will continue the work of Fr Ragheed”. In Baghdad, 59 Syrian-Catholic children received their first Holy Communion. The bishop: “Cede not to the threats of evildoers.”
Ordination of three Chaldean deacons “real sign of hope” for Iraq Christians
The bishop of Kirkuk was present at the ceremony in Ankawa. He said: “It is a positive sign but the Iraqi Church is experiencing a worrying vacuum at pastoral level.” Kidnappings and threats targeting Christians continue in the north too.
Chaldean Patriarch: Christians persecuted by Iraqi government and foreign troops
After a long silence, the leader of the Chaldean Church has gathered and echoed appeals by bishops and clergy, calling for a stop to “internal and external persecution” that is affecting Christians in Iraq. He urged politicians not to stand by and watch, and also condemned US troops: “God does not appreciate what you are doing in our country.”
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