Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Christian Exodus From Iraq Accelerating

The following excerpts are from

  • The Church in Iraq is on the brink of disappearing into obscurity, according to the country's leading bishop, who says the migration of Christians has shot up.
  • Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad described how the rate of Christians leaving Iraq was growing and went on to raise the spectre of Christianity in Iraq coming "to an end".
  • In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need given at the close of a Synod of Chaldean bishops held in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, the Patriarch said: "When I was in Turkey recently, 10 Christian families from Mosul arrived.
  • "And in the space of only one week, 20 families left Alqosh, a completely Christian town not far from Mosul.
  • "This is very serious. We are losing our community. If Christian life in Iraq comes to an end, this will be a hiatus in our history."
  • The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, which is in full communion with Rome, said the future of Iraq's Christians is under threat: "In 10 years there will perhaps be 50,000 Christians left."

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