- Apr 11, 2021
One of Iraq’s top Church officials has praised the recent return of several confiscated properties belonging to Christians and other minorities, saying the move is one that could hasten the return of families who left the country due to injustice and persecution.
Even though Pope Francis has left Iraq, there have been several significant developments in the country that observers are already crediting to the papal visit.
Parts of Syria’s north where Kurds, Christians and Yazidis have practiced religious freedom in recent years are reportedly again under attack by mainly Turkish military and their allied Syrian Islamist fighters.
Six years after Islamic State fighters launched an attack on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney accused government leaders and the United Nations on Monday of failing to bring the extremists responsible for the genocide to justice.
Pope Francis met Thursday with the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS enslavement and an advocate for human rights and persecuted Iraqi minorities.
There’s a good case why popes shouldn’t get the Nobel Peace Prize, which turns out to be similar to why they shouldn’t be declared saints.
For those concerned about the plight of suffering religious minorities around the world, very much including Christians, Wednesday’s passage of the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018″ is obviously good news.
If Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities are to stay in Iraq, they will need more security than they currently have.