By John Pontifex and Oliver Maksan
The Church in Iraq is on the brink of disappearing into obscurity, according to the country’s leading bishop, who says the migration of Christians has shot up.
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad described how the rate of Christians leaving Iraq was growing and went on to raise the spectre of Christianity in Iraq coming “to an end”.
In an interview with Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need given at the close of a Synod of Chaldean bishops held in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, the Patriarch said: “When I was in Turkey recently, 10 Christian families from Mosul arrived.
“And in the space of only one week, 20 families left Alqosh, a completely Christian town not far from Mosul.
“This is very serious. We are losing our community. If Christian life in Iraq comes to an end, this will be a hiatus in our history.”
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