- May 6, 2021
U.S. Religious Freedom commissioner Nadine Maenza hopes that Pope Francis’s presence in Iraq can “shine a light” on the situation for the whole world.
Christians and Muslims hope a project to reconstruct Mosul’s iconic places of worship, badly damaged by Islamic State militants during their 2014-2017 occupation of the city, will also help to rebuild trust between Iraq’s fractured religious communities.
Cardinal Louis Sako, Chaldean Catholic patriarch, has appealed for Christian relief in the towns of the Ninevah Plain, the historical cradle of Christianity in Iraq.
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.”
Four years to the day after ISIS drove them from their homes, the Christians of Iraq’s Nineveh Plains are struggling to rebuild.
The Ninevah Plains, traditionally home to a large Christian community, is now “ground zero for the disputed territories between the Kurdish regional government and Baghdad.” Five Catholic and Orthodox bishops issued a joint statement appealing to the international community to protect the Christians of the area.