Christians ‘excluded’ from Iraq’s reconstruction plans

Jan. 27, 2017
Christian refugees
Christians are being excluded from the reconstruction plans for northern Iraq, further eroding the likelihood of their return once Islamic State has been militarily defeated there, an alliance of UK-based charities has warned.
Iraqi Christians firmly believe that Iraq is their spiritual homeland; their presence dates back at least to the 3rd Century. Before 2003, there were approximately 1.5 million Christians in Iraq, but estimates now range from 200,000 to 500,000. Approximately 70% of Iraq’s Christians are from the Chaldean Catholic tradition, while the remainder are Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholic, Armenian and Protestant.


One Christian died for their faith every six minutes in 2016.90,000 Christians were killed for their faith

That is the shocking new figure about to be published in the latest statistics on Christian martyrs.Massimo Introvigne , director of CESNUR, the Centre for Studies on New Religions, revealed the findings in an interview with Vatican Radio to mark St Stephen's Day, which follows Christmas and commemorates the first Christian martyr.He said about 90,000 Christians were killed for their faith, that is one every six minutes in 2016.


Christians to Prime Minister Modi: "work for inclusive growth"
take action to ensure inclusive economic growth, which does not cut off the broad masses of socially excluded populations. This is the appeal launched to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by Sajan K. George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians . The open letter to the Prime Minister, sent to Agenzia Fides, recalls that the nation is "split in two", marked by the serious issue of corruption, economic and social inequalities, by the problematic relationship with religious minorities.