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Chaldean prelate challenges Christian families to return to area liberated from Islamic State

June 20, 2017

Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has urged Iraqi Catholics to return to their homes in the Nineveh Plain regime, to help with the rebuilding process after the area was liberated from the Islamic State.

After visiting the region, the Iraqi prelate praised the aid agencies that have begun the process of reconstruction in Christian villages, but said that the process cannot be successful unless the residents who fled from the Islamic State return to live there. He chastised those who are “waiting to receive everything from the state and charitable organizations,” challenging Christian families to do their part in the rebuilding process.


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 21, 2017 12:04 AM ET USA

    Will these Christians be armed, trained, and equipped with the freedom to exercise their personal discretion should a new threat arise? I am thinking about threats from suicide bombers and other localized attacks. Swiss discipline could serve as a model in the newly liberated territories. The West has not proven itself the most reliable military partner when its financial self-interest is threatened. Therefore, these Christians should be prepared to fend for themselves.