|(Photo by Ali Jarekji, Reuters via CNS) Iraqi Christians like this boy fled to neighboring Jordan in recent years. IPS is partnering with seminarians in Iraq to better serve their Catholic community.|
The following article was reprinted with permission from the Arlington
Catholic Herald. It was originally run on April 9, 2014.
by Dave Borowski
NBC News reported last year that there
were 2 million Christians in Iraq in the 1990s. According
to church leaders, that number has dropped to between 200,000
and 500,000 today. Persecution of Christians is a problem all
over the Middle East, and many Iraqi Christians are fleeing
their homeland because of religious intolerance.
A Catholic New
Service report in February said: “The persecution of Christians in
Iraq has increased in the wake of the country’s democratic
transition. There and elsewhere, religious minorities had enjoyed some amount
of protection under the strict law and order enforced by
previous rulers. Archbishop (Francis A.) Chullikatt said that today, ‘because
of the conflict, Christians are caught in the crossfire.’”
serve Catholics in Iraq face special challenges. The seminarians in
Iraq recognize the atmosphere in which they will serve after
ordination and are looking to the Institute for the Psychological
Sciences (IPS) in Arlington for help.
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