Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

Christians in Iraq Remain Faithful
ICC Note: Christians in Iraq have endured horrendous persecution at the hands of Islamic radicals like ISIS. Many have died and others have been forced to flee to save themselves and their families. Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda spoke out last week about the unity and faithfulness of the Christian community that remains.

2/22/2018 Iraq (CNA) – “Without an end to this persecution and violence, there is no future for religious pluralism in Iraq or anywhere else in the Middle East for that matter,” said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil in a speech at Georgetown University on Feb. 15.

The Chaldean Archbishop spoke of the state of Christianity in Iraq today and what both Muslim and Western leaders can do to help protect religious minorities and rebuild their communities.

“We Christian people, who have endured persecution in patience and faith for 1,400 years now face an existential struggle. It is possibly the last struggle that we will face in Iraq,” said Warda at an event hosted by Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs

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