Cardinal Barbarin: Iraq Christians offer strong witness
(Vatican Radio) Three French bishops visited the Christian communities affected by the ongoing conflict and unrest in Iraq last week. Their four-day trip included stops in Karakosh, Alqosh, Kirkuk and Erbil.
Among those they met were numerous Christians who fled Mosul last month, following the threats of Islamic extremists to either convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed.
Speaking with Vatican Radio upon his return to France on Friday, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyons, said he was moved by the joyful welcome of these communities, despite the difficulties they have lived and everything they have lost. Iraqi Christians have been persecuted for centuries, he added. (...)