14 March 2008

Christians besieged in Iraq

Frances Harrison, BBC News Religious affairs correspondent, reports: Of the 1.5m Iraqi refugees in Syria it is assumed around 20% are Christian, but firm figures are hard to come by. That means, as a proportion, Christians are massively over-represented in the Iraqi refugee population. Christians form only about 3% of the population.

BBC News has a further report on the death of Archbishop Rahho which quotes Vatican Spokesman Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi: The most absurd and unjustified violence continues to afflict the Iraqi people and in particular the small Christian community, whom the Pope holds in his prayers in this time of deep sadness.

This same article has a link to another that asks: Who are the Chaldean Christians?

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