Iraqi prelate rejects plan for Christian enclave

Plans to create a “safe haven” of Iraq’s Christian minority on the Nineveh Plain are fundamentally misguided, argues Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk. Some strategists have expressed fears that the Christians, confined in a limited area, would be an easy target for Islamic extremists. The archbishop adds that isolation is contrary to the Christian vocation to evangelize. The move would also increase religious divisions, aggravating a major social problem, he adds.