- Feb 23, 2020
In an April 12 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the CEO of the Knights of Columbus said that “Christian towns in Iraq increasingly look neither Christian nor Iraqi — but Iranian.”
In the main square in the northern Iraqi town of Bartella stands a large cross, one of the few overt signs the town was historically Christian.
The new Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, faces a challenge of rebuilding, but not just structurally.
With Christianity in steep decline throughout the Middle East, particularly in Iraq, a recent visit to the country by the pope’s top diplomat highlights both the threat and the promise of Iraq’s leading role in Middle Eastern Christianity.
The Vatican secretary of state urged Iraqi Christians who have endured years of Islamic extremist persecution to forgive, reconcile and rebuild their broken communities as he celebrated Mass Friday in Iraq’s largest Christian town.
Christians and Muslims in Iraq are called by the same God to rebuild a nation where peace, harmony and justice reign, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, during a Christmas visit to Baghdad.