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Catholic university to open in Iraq

July 24, 2015

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Speaking in Australia, an Iraqi prelate discussed his plans to open a Catholic university in October.

The university will be located in Erbil, a city of 1.5 million that is capital of the autonomous region of Kurdistan, an Australian diocesan newspaper reported.

The founding of the university, said Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, is "a way of fighting back against Daesh [the Islamic State] and saying we [Christians] are not going to go away."

The university "will embrace our Christian and Yazidi young men and women who were forcefully displaced from their areas and homes in the Plain of Nienveh in Mosul," he added. "The university will also open its doors wide for Muslims who would learn side by side with Christians and Yazedis with an aim to shape a new and promising future for Iraq and the region."

 


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