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A Patriarchal Statement on Christians in Iraq

During the hard times, our struggling Church and the faithful are passing through, with other Christian brothers and sisters in our beloved East, especially Iraq, we can only express our deep sorrow for all the bloody massacres that took place, and are still going on, by the enemies of good and righteousness, without any deterrent conscious or power of love for peace and humanity.

While we feel very sad for these events, especially the brutal attack on our sister Church of Our Lady of Deliverance, in Karada region of Bagdad, we lift our prayers to the Lord Almighty, to accept the souls of our noble martyrs with joy and pleasure, for sacrificing their blood for the name of Jesus Christ, thus they deserve what Paul the Apostle said: “ What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through Him that loved us”. Romans 8:35-37.That was what our Lord Jesus told us about: “The servant is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you”. John 15:20
Our condolence is; the grain of wheat which dies is the only one that gives fruits abundantly.

In this occasion we suggested to our brothers, the Archbishops in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, to offer condolences to His Holiness, our honorable brother, Mor Ignatius Yusef III Yunan , Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church and all his Archbishops.
We firmly denounce all terroristic and criminal acts that spill the blood of innocent Christians, and terrorize them to leave our beloved East, especially Iraq. We denounce any opinion, or suggestion or encouragement to our peoples, the children of the Holy Church, to leave Iraq for any other country: The East is ours, and we are important partakers in its ancient civilizations, and no one can steal this sacred right from us.

Let’s all pray to the Holy Lord, to send His Holy Spirit to (check)? the face of the earth, and spread His peace and concord in our beloved East and all over the world. Let us have faith in the Lord’s words: “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.
Matthew 28:20

May the Lord’s name be glorified forever and ever. Amen

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