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    » 12/19/2011, 00.00

    IRAQ

    Kirkuk, Msgr. Sako inaugurates memorial to Christian martyrs during U.S. occupation

    Joseph Mahmoud

    Louis Sako has blessed the monument that commemorates the 36 victims since Operation "Iraqi Freedom" in 2003. On the star engraved the names of the fallen, surmounted by a statue of the Sacred Heart with open arms "to bless the families." Archbishop of Kirkuk: Christians "bridge" that "unites cultures."
    Kirkuk (AsiaNews) - Mgr Louis Sako, archbishop of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, has blessed the memorial (pictured) commemorating the 36 Christian martyrs of the city, since the U.S. invasion in 2003 to today. The ceremony took place yesterday, in conjunction with the fourth Sunday of Advent, the monument bears the engraved names of all Christians who have died during these eight years, a testimony of ecumenism that distinguishes, local sources tell AsiaNews, this "multi-ethnic city at the centre of struggles for power. "

    At the top of the memorial a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who is also patron of the Cathedral of Kirkuk, "with open arms" in a gesture of welcome to the faithful and "blessing and courage to the families" of victims of the war.

    During the ceremony inaugurating the monument, Mgr. Louis Sako said that "the blood of martyrs is precious" and is a "gesture of reconciliation for all Iraqis", especially in recent weeks in which the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the country has been completed. "We are living in preparation for Christmas - added the archbishop - which announces peace on earth for all people of good will." For this, he concludes, "we Christians are called to become a bridge" to be able to "unite all cultures."

    The ceremony for the monument to Christian martyrs was also attended by five doctors of Italian origin, who arrived yesterday in northern Iraq on a humanitarian mission sponsored by Msgr. Sako. The prelate asked for their willingness to treat a group of patients, regardless of their professed religion, "a demonstration - concludes the archbishop – of the solidarity of Christians" to all citizens.

    The memorial of Christian martyrs, commemorates the eight years of civil war that ensued after the American led invasion of March 2003 - "Operation Iraqi Freedom" - that overthrew dictator Saddam Hussein and unleashed a bloody internal conflict. On 15 December last, in a solemn military ceremony, the U.S. flag was lowered and with it the last 4 thousand troops in the area began their journey home where they are due to arrive before December 31. The war has cost the lives of 4500 American soldiers - and about one million dollars - and the lives of more than 100 thousand Iraqis.

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    26/04/2012 IRAQ
    "Building bridges of peace", a project that unites Christians and Muslims in Kirkuk
    The Chaldean archbishopric holds a reconciliation forum today. Some 50 political, religious and cultural leaders attend the event. Mgr Sako presents a seven-point proposal, signed by participants, as a "joint commitment" to dialogue. A committee is set to see to its implementation.

    22/05/2009 IRAQ
    Kirkuk: young Christian teacher is freed thanks to help of Muslims
    Joint intervention of army and tribal leaders led to the release of Namir Nadhim Gourguis, kidnapped on May 14th last. No ransom was paid. Decisive the mediation between Imam and tribal chiefs. Msgr Sako: “the Christian community of Kirkuk rejoices”.

    04/01/2011 IRAQ
    Muslim solidarity towards Iraqi Christians
    A delegation of Arab tribal chiefs visit the archdiocese of Kirkuk following the attacks against Baghdad cathedral and Egyptian Copts in Alexandria to voice their concern and express their closeness to their Christian “brothers”. A Christian woman who survived the slaughter in Baghdad’s Syriac-Catholic cathedral on 31 October is murdered.

    10/08/2010 IRAQ
    Mgr. Sako’s Message for Ramadan in Kirkuk
    The Chaldean archbishop asks Muslims that this sacred month be a time of prayer and reconciliation. He calls on Christians to observe the Muslim fast, not to eat in public and to dress modestly. In recent years in Mosul and Baghdad bombings occurred even during Ramadan. Fears for the population and Christians.

    16/05/2011 IRAQ
    Kirkuk: young Christian abducted, tortured and beheaded
    Ashur Yacob Issa, 29, was the father of three children. He was abducted three days ago. Negotiations for his released failed. This morning police found his body, which bore “horrific marks of torture”. In voicing his outrage, the archbishop of Kirkuk slammed this “inhuman act,” urging everyone to work together to “protect defenceless citizens”.



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