Hope running out for Iraqi Christians
Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register
Friday, 23 April 2010 12:56
Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J.
Time is running out on people’s hopes for a tolerant Middle East where the Christian minorities can live in peace, said Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J., on returning from a trip to Lebanon and Syria.
“We have to create a climate now for the Christians to stay, for the Christians to go back to Iraq and go back to the villages in Galilee. That’s the hope,” said Prendergast.
Prendergast, along with members of the board of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, visited Syria and Lebanon April 5 to 10. About 250,000 of the two million displaced Iraqis in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon are Christians. Many seek resettlement in the West and anticipate no prospect for a safe return to Iraq.
are able to live their lives and not have people simply take their houses from them or shoot their “We have to move things toward the place where people can be tolerant and secure,” said Prendergast. “And people children in their beds. This is happening in Mosul and other places in Iraq.”