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First time in 1600 years no Mass said in Mosul, Iraq, says Chaldean Archbishop

Posted by Joseph on 1 July, 2014

First time in 1600 years no Mass said in Mosul, Iraq, says Chaldean Archbishop

 The Chaldean Catholic Church’s Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, in Kurdish-governed Northern Iraq, is reported as saying that for the first time in 1600 years there was no Mass said in Mosul on Sunday June 15th. This is the city taken over days before by ISIS forces.

Reports say the estimated 3,000 or so Christians still there (from about 35,000 in 2003) all fled ahead of the militias’ takeover of control, although some families were reported to have returned. They cited lack of job prospects and shelter once they’d become internally displaced, or refugees in Kurdish Iraq.

 Amongst those fleeing Mosul, World Watch Monitor met families sheltering in a Christian-dominated district of Erbil, Ankawa.

The largely Christian town of Qaraqosh is, 32 miles southeast of Mosul. Its official Arabic name is Baghdeda; there were about 70,000 Christians living in the area.

On Wednesday 25th June, Kurdish Peshmerga forces engaged with the ISIS – also called Daash – militias who were trying to move into Qaraqosh. WWM has seen direct messages confirming that there was bombing of Qaraqosh, during which two Christian families were reported killed by mortars.

Locals believe that it was ISIS which carried out the bombing.

https://www.worldwatchmonitor.org/2014/06/article_3200387.html/

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