Friday, February 29, 2008

Chaldean Archbishop Kidnapped in Iraq

Aramaic Christians
Well it has happened again. The Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul Iraq has been kidnapped at gun point. He had finished Mass and as he left the church he was taken. Three people were killed in the kidnapping.

Pope Benedict XVI asked that the church, “ unite in fervent prayer so that reason and humanity prevail among the authors of the kidnapping, and that Monsignor Rahho is returned quickly to the care of his flock,".

Attacks against Chaldean Christians have increased in the last year. In fact the large percentage of the Iraqi refugees are from the small Chaldean Christian minority. Religious leaders, churches, shops have all been targeted.

However this war turns out, whatever shape Iraq takes it is clear this war has been a disaster for the native Christian population. The Christian populations in Lebanon, Syria and Egypt are also experiencing persecution. However, it is only in Iraq that America has practical influence and that has not made a difference. The number of martyrs and refugees continue to grow. The Christian population in Iraq continues to decline. And now there are three more martyrs and the fate of the Archbishop is unknown. Let us heed the pope’s request.

Persecution of Christians in Iraq


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