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New Iraqi priests ordained in refugee camp

August 09, 2016

Three Iraqi men were ordained to the priesthood in a refugee camp in Erbil on August 5.

Archbishop Yohanno Petros Moshe of Mosul ordained the priests for the Syriac Catholic Church. The ceremony took place in the Aishty 2 refugee camp, which is now the home for about 5,500 people who were driven out of their homes when the Islamic State seized Mosul and the surrounding area. 

Father Roni Salim Momika, one of the newly ordained priests, told the Catholic News Agency that the ceremony "will give hope" to the refugees, who have been living in exile for two years. 

 
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