2010-11-05 14:33:45

Iraqi prime minister meets Christian leaders

(November 5, 2010) A delegation of Iraqi bishops and Christian church leaders was received by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Thursday to discuss security, solidarity, and commitment in order to build a country of peace and prosperity. Vatican’s Fides news agency said the bishops told the Prime Minister of their dismay and suffering for the attack suffered by Baghdad’s Christian community on Sunday, reminding him of a surge in threats, attacks and violence against Christian places and faithful in recent months across the country. The delegation, which also included Cardinal Emmanuel III Delly, the Chaldean patriarch of Baghdad, also expressed concern for the future, telling of the precariousness and shock of the Christian faithful and the widespread desire to leave the country. The prime minister who visited a number of the injured faithful in the hospital in Baghdad on Wednesday, has promised that the state will do everything to ensure their protection, stressing that Christian presence in the country is important and valuable. Al Maliki is scheduled to visit the Syrian Catholic Church of Our Lady of Deliverance in Baghdad on Saturday, to honour the victims of Sunday’s attack there.

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