Kurdish Parliament Seeks to Prevent Christian Immigration From Kurdistan

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Kurdistan Parliament Speaker Yousif Mohammed and his delegates have visited the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Vatican Foreign Minister Monsignor Paul Gallagher and other Vatican officials.

In the meeting Mohammed explained, “In the Kurdistan Region, we are proud of living in harmonious co-existence with various religions and ethnic groups.

Because of the current situation, Christians, Kurdish Yazidi, Kakayi and Shabaks have left their homes and now reside in the Kurdistan Region.”

He continued, “We ask the Vatican and European countries to discourage Christian immigration to Europe and not grant asylum, but rather to stay in Kurdistan and continue their lives in their own land.”

Filoni said that the Kurdistan Region has been a place of harmony religion for hundreds of years. Now, as before, this harmony continues and other religious minorities feel comfortable and safe in the region.

Mohammed also met Monsignor Gallagher and delivered a greeting from the Kurdish Parliament and the people of the Kurdistan Region to the Vatican. He invited Gallagher to visit the Kurdistan Region in the future and witness the situation in person.

He also asked the Monsignor to encourage Iraqi Christians to stay in the Kurdistan Region until their lands are liberated from Islamic State (IS) militants.

Gallagher noted that Pope Francis made the same request to Christians in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. He sent his greetings to the Peshmerga and people of the Kurdistan Region, holding it up as an example of a harmonious, tolerant society.


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