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Despite violence, Iraqi Catholics remain faithful

Catholic World News - May 20, 2011

Iraqi Catholics have remained faithful despite persecution, according to a Chaldean Catholic prelate.

“In all these years, I never heard of one single Christian who converted to Islam,” Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk toid Aid to the Church in Need.

“But I’m not allowed to baptize Muslims,” he added. “That’s no freedom of religion!”

“It’s not acceptable that there are still sermons of hate against Christians in some mosques,” added Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Arbil.

An anonymous priest concurred. Referring to the recent beheading of a Christian, he said:

The Muslims are continuously talking to us about ‘living together peacefully.’ But when things like this happen, no Muslim clergy is ever condemning the murder.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 23, 2011 6:42 PM ET USA

    In Iraq? I'll bet any protesting Muslim clergyman would join the murdered one post-haste!

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