#ShortNews: Cardinal calls for protection of religious diversity in Iraq

In a statement released on 30th May, Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: ‘The need to reconstruct towns and villages [in Iraq’s Nineveh Plains] destroyed by Daesh (Isis) and rebuild trust in that region is pressing.’

Highlighting how the presence of Christians in Nineveh dates back almost 2,000 years, the Cardinal said: ‘We are united in prayer and support for the Christians and other minorities in that region as they seek to rebuild their lives.’

Reflecting on his meeting with Archbishop Warda, the Cardinal described his visit to Iraq four years ago just after invading Daesh militants forced entire communities in Nineveh and nearby Mosul to flee in fear of their lives: ‘Since my visit to Iraq in 2015, when Archbishop Warda hosted us and we visited numerous refugee camps across Erbil, the plight of persecuted Christians and other minorities in those ancient lands has been of particular concern.’

From a pre-2003 total of 1.5 million, Iraq’s Christian population has declined rapidly, raising fears for the community’s survival, amid declarations of a genocide by Daesh against minorities in the region.

Source: https://rcdow.org.uk/cardinal/news/cardinal-calls-for-protection-of-religious-diversity-in-iraq/

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