Iraqi Archbishop to Speak on Reclaiming Christian Iraq

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STEUBENVILLE, OHIO—Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda, CSsR, the Chaldean archbishop of Erbil, Iraq, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on Thursday, December 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery, J.C. Williams Center.
Born in Baghdad, Archbishop Warda has spent the last five years providing aid to thousands of Christians who poured into his diocese from neighboring areas as they fled ISIS. Today, with the ISIS threat diminished, his focus is on helping many of these refugees return to their homelands and to build up the Church in Iraq.
In his talk, Archbishop Warda will outline his newest ministry, the St. Thomas the Apostle Mission, which seeks to recruit college graduates from the U.S. to work for two years in Iraqi hospitals and at the Catholic university and Christian schools in Erbil.
During his visit, Archbishop Warda and Franciscan University President Father Dave Pivonka, TOR, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding in which they will commit to cultural exchanges, such as the recent visit by Iraqi high school students to Steubenville, explore the development of language courses in Arabic and Aramaic to be offered to Franciscan University students, and jointly pursue scholarship funding for Iraqi students to study at Franciscan University, both online and on campus.