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Patriarch: Iraqis must unite against ISIS

March 24, 2016

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, called for Iraqi national unity against the Islamic State.

Christians, Muslims, Yazidis, and others should “prove that we are able to open up to each other and live with the differences of views” and “hurry up as one team of women and men in order to save our country and ourselves,” he said in his Easter message.

The patriarch also called upon Christians to remain in Iraq.

“I urge you to rely on wisdom and patience and to stay united together on the land, where we were born, lived for 1400 years together with Muslims, sharing one civilization,” he said. “Be careful from getting confused and do not let other persons, societies and countries take advantage of our anguish and end up in scattering our families [to] the four corners of the globe.”

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