Chaldean Catholic patriarch calls upon international community to help persecuted Christians

Cardinal Emmanuel-Karim Delly, patriarch of the Chaledean Catholic Church, has called upon the international community to come to the aid of Iraq’s persecuted Christians. Referring to ‘the whole international community,’ he said, ‘Up to now you have been silent and you have not spoken about us despite all of the sufferings we have had to bear the past three or four years and more than half a century.’ While the Iraqi government ‘wants to do the right thing,’ it is weak, he said in an October 23 interview. Another Chaldean prelate, Bishop Rabban Al Qas of Arbil, took a harder line, saying that the Iraqi government and its American defenders share the blame for allowing the intimidation to continue unchecked.