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 Keep the Faith in Iraq New Patriarch Appeals to Faithful Not to Flee

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مُساهمةموضوع: رد: Keep the Faith in Iraq New Patriarch Appeals to Faithful Not to Flee   الجمعة 08 مارس 2013, 1:48 am

Keep the Faith in Iraq New Patriarch Appeals to Faithful Not to
Flee




THE new leader of the largest Church in Iraq has
told his dwindling faithful to stop emigrating, warning them that Christianity
in the Middle East risks becoming “a distant memory”.
Speaking yesterday (Wednesday, 6th March) at his
installation as Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael I Sako said
Christians in Iraq should overcome their fears and work together to build a new
future.
Raphael I, whose election as head of the
Eastern-rite Catholic Church was confirmed by Benedict XVI on 1st February,
called for a dialogue “of peaceful coexistence” with Muslim leaders at a time of
increasing concern about extremism and violence.
In his address, a copy of which he sent to
Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, the patriarch, 64, stressed the need
to work for unity with Orthodox Christians in regions marked by ecumenical
tensions in recent years.
In comments aimed specifically at Christians
present at the service in Baghdad’s St Joseph’s Cathedral, the patriarch said:
“Why are you so afraid today?
“Do not withdraw or emigrate in time of great
pressure. This is your country and your land.
“If emigration continues God forbid, there will be
no more Christians in the Middle East. [The Church] will be no more than a
distant memory.”
The patriarch’s comments, given on the eve of the
10th anniversary of the Iraq War and the overthrow of President Saddam Hussein,
come after a decade of massive emigration of Christians from the country.
In 1987, Christians in Iraq totalled 1.4 million
according to the last census, but now there could be fewer than 250,000, with
the greatest decline in numbers taking place after 2003.
Since 2003, fundamentalism and a breakdown in law
and order have shaken the Church to its foundations.
More than 700 Christians had been killed
(including 17 priests) in religious and politically motivated attacks and 71
churches attacked – 44 in Baghdad and 19 in Mosul.
The biggest crisis of confidence for Christians
came after the 31st October 2010 attack on Baghdad’s Our Lady of Salvation
Syrian Cathedral during Sunday evening Mass, when 45 people were killed
(including two priests) and 100 were injured in a four-hour siege.
Asking Christians to draw a line under the past,
Patriarch Raphael told them:
“These past years have been full of events and
dangers and still the shadow of fear, anxiety and death is hanging over our
people.”
He told his faithful: “Change your view of
yourselves and your identity.
“Look deeper into the reality we face today and
understand the importance of your presence and witness.
“Live together and build a future for yourselves
in your country.”
Patriarch Raphael, who was Archbishop of Kirkuk
(2003-13) after being rector of St Peter’s Seminary, Baghdad, stressed the need
for “renewal”.
He said: “… The world around us has changed and we
must change. The Church should change.
“So we will renew our liturgy, our method of
religious instruction and update our ecclesiastical structures with courage and
clarity according to the Second Vatican Council.
“This renewal is aimed at helping the faithful’s
understanding and participation in the Christian way of life and their
attachment to Christ and his Church.”
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