Dominicans keep hope alive among Iraqi Christian community

February 27, 2015 by  
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dominicans in iraqIraq, February 23, 2015: The continuing presence of courageous men and women religious in Iraq is an important sign of hope amid the suffering of the Christian population there, according to a report by two Dominican leaders who recently visited the country, reports Vatican Radio.

The mid-January visit to Baghdad and the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan region. was at the invitation of the Dominican brothers and sisters in Iraq who often feel forgotten as they struggle to support Christians threatened by the daily violence of the so-called Islamic State militants.

More than 100,000 mainly Christian and Yazidi people fled to Erbil and the surrounding region as the militants captured the city of Mosul last June, threatening and killing those who would not convert to Islam.

Fr Timothy Radcliffe, former Master of the Dominican order, explained why the West must take responsibility and do all it can to help end the conflict that is devastating the region. He added that one of the things the visit to Iraq made clear was the way that Western intervention in the country, together with suffernig and increasing inequality” has helped to fuel the conflict in the region.

He said that at the present time it’s impossible to imagine any dialogue with the so-called Islamic State, but there are many Muslims they met in Baghdad who long for dialogue and constructive engagement with the West. He noted that the Dominicans established the Baghdad Academy of Human Sciences to provide just such a place of dialogue and debate: of the 5.000 students enrolled in the academy, up to 80% are Muslims.

– cns

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