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Help for Iraqi seminarians
IPS trains prospective priests

Boy Praying
(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.’”

Priests who 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.

Click here to read the rest of the article at the Arlington Catholic website.



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