Loading
Catholics rebuild churches in Iraq despite ongoing violence

.- Father Nizar Semaan, a Catholic priest from the city of Mosul, told the Fides News Agency this week that Christians in Iraq have not lost their faith despite the ongoing violence, and they are rebuilding “churches and chapels” destroyed during recent attacks.

Father Semaan said Christians who are still in Iraq “entrust our safety first of all to Divine Providence and we continue to pray for peace and national reconciliation in Iraq.”  He also pointed out that Iraqis who left the country are sending monetary assistance to those who have remained in Iraq.

Referring to the situation in Mosul in northern Iraq, Father Semaan said, “The week was dramatic and very difficult for everyone here,” as “insurgents took control of most of Mosul in only 24 hours.”
 
He said that while some police officers have fought off assaults on police and army barracks, many others have fled leaving arms and equipment to the rebels.  “The mayor of Mosul voiced harsh criticism of policemen who fled and praised those who stayed at their posts.”

Father Semaan told Fides that members of the National Guard, mostly made up of Kurds, “intervened to take control of the situation in Mosul. But now Arabs in the city are concerned about the presence of Kurds,” he said.
 
Regarding the situation in Karakosh, the town in which he resides, Father Semaan said the people have organized “a sort of civilian militia to control entries and prevent the infiltration of terrorists.”  Karakosh has a population of 25,000, all of whom are Christian.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Jul
28

Liturgical Calendar

July 28, 2014

Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Gospel
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 13: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 31-35

Saint of the Day

St. Victor I, Pope »

Saint
Date
07/27/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:31-35

Homily
Date
07/28/14
07/27/14
07/26/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: