Christians in Iraq are in peril, church leader warns

Christianity may disappear from the country
A Christian leader from Iraq has warned that Christianity may disappear from his country if no action is taken to stem the hardships faced by this minority community in the predominantly Muslim country.

“Members of all religions—including both Islam and Christianity—are suffering now in my country, but Christians as a minority are in greater danger of seeing their historic churches disappear,” said Archbishop Jules Mikhael Al-Jamil, the Rome representative of the Syrian Catholic Church.

The Iraqi government, in an official statement released May 24, promised protection for Christian families being threatened and chased out by Islamic groups. But the dangers facing Christians were illustrated the following month when armed assailants killed a Catholic priest and his three assistants in Mosul in northern Iraq shortly after they had finished Sunday prayers.


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