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Sako: "In 10 years there will only be a few thousand Christians left in Iraq"
The Christian community in Baghdad had 600 thousand faithful, now there are only 400 thousand in the whole country. The Chaldean Patriarch, Sako I: "Christians are those who suffer most from the upsurge in violence across Iraq".
"Walled" Churches and checkpoints. Christmas for Iraqi Christians
After the escalation of anti-Christian violence, the government decides to erect concrete barriers three meters high around parishes. Bishop Warda: "Everyone is asking who will now be the next".
Kirkuk: Christians celebrate reopening of parish of the Blessed Virgin
The church was damaged by a bomb in 2006, during which a boy was killed. After a patient restoration work, the place of worship was opened with a Mass presided by Msgr. Sako. "The blood of the martyrs - the prelate says - is an invitation to persevere in faith."
Msgr. Sako: Bagradis case, a kidnap with a tragic ending
This is how the archbishop of Kirkuk explains the murder of the man shot to death yesterday in Mosul. The Christian community is the main target for abductions because “it does not respond to violence with revenge”. The prelate launches an appeal “for unity” even at a political level and anticipates the days for the next Synod of Iraqi Bishops: the 12th of May Erbil.
Msgr. Sako: encouraging the exodus of Christians damages Iraq
The European Union has announced a plan to welcome over 10 thousand Iraqi refugees, exiled in Syria and Jordan. The archbishop of Kirkuk is against a mass exodus of Christians from the land of their birth and denounces a political leadership that fails to promote unity. Leaving implies “betraying the meaning of the Christian message”.
Patriarch Sako to Christian politicians : Be united for the good of the community and the country
His Beatitude Mar Raphael Luis Sako , patriarch of Baghdad , sends some guidelines to the politicians involved in the elections in Kurdistan , scheduled for September 21 . The prelate sees defense of the rights of Christians and of the unity of the Iraqi people as the main requirements for stability. He also invites the rich of the community to invest in the country to create jobs and to prevent the exodus of Christians.
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