Christians Fleeing Before Muslim Fanatics in Iraq

Iraqi ChristiansThis article from ZENIT reports from Iraq on the Christians fleeing for their lives from the city of Mosul–once home to 35,000 Chaldean Christians.

The Archbishop there says “There is probably not one Christian left.”

Speaking today to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Amel Nona said he thought Mosul’s last remaining Christians had left now a city which until 2003 was home to 35,000 faithful.

The Christians are among 500,000 thought to have fled Mosul, which was overthrown Tuesday. That event is now followed by news today of militant attacks on the Iraqi city of Tikrit, 95 miles north of the capital Baghdad.

Describing reports of attacks to four churches and a monastery in Mosul, the archbishop, 46, said: “We received threats… [and] now all the faithful have fled the city. I wonder if they will ever return there.”

The Muslims demand that all infidels pay the Jaziya tax or convert. The more extreme of the fanatics demand that Christians convert or die.

Pray for the persecuted church. More information about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East from Aid to the Church in Need.