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Iraqi Christians abandon Mosul, fearful of Islamic attack on Kirkuk

Catholic World News - June 11, 2014

After a victory by Islamic insurgents in Mosul drove Iraqi Christians out of that city, the Islamic forces are now moving on Kirkuk.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul, who has taken refuge in a village outside the city, told Aid to the Church in Need that he thought all Christians have now left Mosul. The city had a Christian population of 35,000 a decade ago. “I wonder if they will ever return there,” the archbishop said.

Meanwhile as rebels advanced toward Kirkuk, Chaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako called for the creation of a “government of national unity” to restore order to Iraq.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jun. 11, 2014 7:38 PM ET USA

    We just cannot imagine the horror of living as a Christian in the near east these days. God help them.

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