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Chaldean patriarch: granting of asylum to Iraqi Christians ‘threatens our existence’

Catholic World News - November 12, 2013

The bishops of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, met in extraordinary session on November 5 to discuss their upcoming meeting with Pope Francis, the reorganization of ecclesiastical courts, and other matters.

“The Reverend Bishops studied the phenomena of the current organized migration, and the tendencies of some embassies to facilitate the granting of asylum visas,” the Chaldean Catholic Patriarchate said in a statement following the meeting. “The Reverend Bishops expressed their concern. And, His Beatitude [Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako] requested that this issue be discussed with the heads of the Christian communities in Iraq and take practical measures to this subject that threatens our existence.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 12, 2013 9:00 AM ET USA

    What, the U.S. didn't set things right in Iraq though we spent so much time, money and effort? The Christians in Iraq suffer from the same kinds of things Christians do in Syria. One can hardly blame them from seeking safety for their families because it is evident that their governments cannot protect them.

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