Church is ‘still alive’ in Iraq, say archbishops

(UCA News. Gina Christian).

Ten years after Islamic militants swept over northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, the Christian community there is “still alive,” and working to both rebuild and evangelize, two Eastern Catholic archbishops said.

“We are like an olive tree; no matter what happens to us, they can cut everything, but in the end, we are here, we stay here … and as a church, we do everything to give a sign of hope, to help the (Iraqi Christian) people stay here in this land,” said Archbishop Nizar Semaan of the Syriac Catholic Eparchy of Hadiab-Erbil.