Courage of Iraqi Christians impresses British cardinal

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Sofia Barbarani Erbil, Iraq
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the head of the Roman Catholic Church in Britain, held mass in the Kurdish capital of Erbil yesterday where he spoke of the strength of Iraq’s Christian community as they endured terrible oppression.
“I learnt of the courage of the people who had to leave everything overnight,” said the cardinal to a packed church.
Earlier during his three-day visit, he had visited six centres for refugees, where he met Christian families who had sought refuge in the city following the onslaught of Islamic State. The cardinal called