Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians forced to flee Mosul


christians flee Mousul iraqPope Francis has expressed concern for Christians forced to flee Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, where Christians have resided for centuries.

The pontiff in his traditional Angelus blessing on Sunday offered prayers for Iraqi Christians who “are persecuted, chased away, forced to leave their houses without out the possibility of taking anything” with them.

Christians departed Mosul this week for the largely autonomous Kurdish region after they were issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. It’s the latest exodus of Christians from the city where communities date from the first centuries of Christianity.

Francis also called for dialogue to resolve armed conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East and Ukraine, emphasizing “violence is not overcome with violence. Violence is overcome with peace.”

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2 responses to “Pope expresses concern for Iraqi Christians forced to flee Mosul”

  1. Full John Avatar
    Full John

    I think the pope should express concern about the situation of Christians in Palestinian authority. Beit-Lehem is no longer a Cristian city. What happened?

  2. Leborigine Avatar

    في ظل ما يحصل من إضطهاد و تهجير للمسيحيين في هذه البقعة من العالم و أخيرا و ليس آخراً في الموصل – العراق، نستذكر كلمات من خطاب يوم الوعد الذي ألقاه الرئيس الشهيد بشير الجميّل:

    “نحن الثابتون في لبنان والشرق، غيرنا يأتي حينًا ويذهب حينًا آخر. صحيح ان امتداد وجودنا ليس مستقرًا جغرافيًا، لكن وجودنا في حد ذاته دائم الاستقرار. نحن قديسو هذا الشرق وشياطينه، نحن صليبه وحربته، نحن نوره وناره، قادرون على احراقه ان احرقوا اصابعنا، وقادرون على انارته ان تركونا على حريتنا. “

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