Iraqi Christians vow to stay—despite bombs

Church and state in Iraq
Syrian Catholic Archbishop Basilios Georges Casmoussa of Mosul, Iraq, had been speaking in Bangkok, Thailand, on a mid-October day to a global gathering of Catholic media specialists about religious coexistence —despite bombings in August that struck five Iraqi churches, killing at least 12 with dozens more wounded. On the next day of the conference, participants learned that five churches in Baghdad were bombed and damaged seriously on October 16.

“There is no alternative to dialogue in a civilized, pluralistic society,” Casmoussa had said on October 15. “And religions should play an essential role in this area,” he added, saying that the heritage of religious diversity of Iraq had created a richness and dynamism.


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