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Patriarch laments Islamic State’s takeover of Mosul

June 11, 2015

The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, has issued a message on the first anniversary of the fall of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, to the Islamic State.

“A year after the tragedy of Mosul, we turn towards our beloved people to tell them that we join them in prayer and in the hope of a close salvation and a rapid return to home, because it is the land of our fathers and grandfathers, our history and our memories,” said Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako.

“We repeat our appeal to the international community and the religious authorities for a serious work to contain the crisis, humanly and politically,” he added. “If the situation continues as it is now, then we’re going to the worst. Unemployment and poverty, displacement, death and destruction are almost everywhere!”

 


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