Iraq has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. The rise of ISIS, however, led to the destruction of many churches and communities. With Mosul set to be liberated, many Christians have looked to rebuild their churches and homes. In a gesture of inter-faith unity, a group of Muslims began rebuilding the Chaldean church after hearing reports that Iraqi Christians were still being abused in their community. It is our prayer that more signs of inter-faith unity will appear than continued abuse of Iraqi Christians.
2017-05-30 Iraq (Metro) – Local residents were horrified after reports claimed Christians were still facing abuse.
Volunteers wanted to help rebuild the church to show that Iraq welcomes both Christians and Muslims.
They said they wanted to show that ‘Mosul is yours as it’s ours’ and ‘our differences are our strength’.
Iraq has one of the smallest, but oldest, Christian communities in the world but Isis oversaw the destruction of Iraqi churches, books and Christian spaces during their occupation of the city.
Mosul is set to be liberated completely by the end of next month, after two years of Islamist domination.
One of the areas occupied was al-Arabi in Mosul, where the Mar Georges monastery is located.
During the Isis occupation the Chaldean church, which is an Iraqi church in full communion with the Pope in Rome, was shot at by terrorists.