Tens of thousands of Syrian Catholics flee Islamist advance [CC]


More than 90% of the people of Qaraqosh, a largely Catholic city of over 40,000 in Syria, have fled as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant moved to capture the area.The jihadist …



The UNHCR and fleeing residents interviewed by AFP said heavy shelling of Qara Qosh and the surrounding area of Hamdaniyah from neighbouring villages had forced them to leave . . .

The population of Qara Qosh is mostly Syriac Catholic, and security forces in the town have long been drawn from local Christians . . .

Iraq’s Christian community is a shadow of what it once was - it once numbered more than a million, but now there are fewer than 400 000 Christians left across the country.


Uncle Sam didn’t protect them during our long Occupation of Iraq. :mad:

Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq was kidnapped and murdered back in March, 2008.

A Christian religious “Crusade” of the West against Islam led by the United States . . . the Iraq War was not.

And our News Media almost entirely ignores the ongoing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Lots of news stories about sodomites being “persecuted” worldwide in Russia and Africa; not too many about Christians being murdered in the streets throughout the Middle East. :mad:

Chaldean bishop says U.S. accountable for death of Iraqi archbishop

Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim of the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, based in Southfield, Mich., said that particularly the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush is responsible for the terrorism and killing of Christians in Iraq. He said the administration is ignoring the problem . . .

“We know that before the invasion of the Americans in Iraq, (terrorism) was no such a thing,” Bishop Ibrahim said. “Christians and Muslims were living together, exactly like brothers and sisters, and that’s it. But since the invasion, everything changes.”

“Somebody has to be responsible,” the bishop said. “Since the Americans are occupying Iraq, they have the responsibility of the security of every Iraqi, and in the first place minorities. I am not saying the Christians only – but they are doing nothing for them.”



Just to clarify, these are Iraqi Christians. They are members of the Syrian Catholic Church, one of the Eastern Catholic Churches which is part of the world-wide Catholic Church.

The situation is very sad. Mortar attacks on civilians are happening in many places in Iraq, even south of Baghdad.


This is really sad. May the Lord help them in their time of need.


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Iraqi Christians have been fleeing in their thousands from areas attacked by rebels led by Isis (the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).

However, some are refusing to leave, despite the threat of attacks.

The BBC’s Quentin Sommerville reports from a mass in the town of Qaraqosh.



**Isis changes name and declares its territories a new Islamic state with ‘restoration of caliphate’ in Middle East **

According to Isis’s chief spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the declaration of the “restoration of the caliphate” was made after a meeting of the group’s Shura Council. In recent weeks, Isis has captured large areas of western and northern Iraq and for two years has held parts of Syria, imposing a harsh interpretation of Islamic law and in many cases, killing large numbers of opposition Shia Muslims.

Adnani said all jihadist organisations must now offer up their support to Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who has been declared Caliph of the new state.

Charles Lister, visiting fellow at the Qatar-based Brookings Doha Centre, said that the declaration signalled “massive trouble” regardless of the perceived legitimacy of the Isis group, adding that the next 24 hours will be “key”.


Praying for their safety.


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