Christianity in Iraq to disappear within five years

Christianity in Iraq to disappear within five years

Iraqi Christians attend a mass at St. Joseph Chaldean Church in BaghdadAn international Catholic charity named Aid to the Church in need revealed that the number of Christians living in Iraq was decreasing in an alarming rate. Experts estimated that within in five years Iraq will be wiped off Christians.

In 2002, there were more than one million Christians in Iraq. But at present there were only 300,000. About 120,000 Christians were forced to choose between converting to Islam or death during the past years.

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, Maronite Patriach of Antioch expressed his concern over the country. He said that what the people expect in the country was not democracy, but an end to arms trade.

“If liberation comes, people will return. But there are many who will not because they don’t want history to repeat again in their lives for the second, fourth, or tenth time,” said Msgr Georges Casmoussa, the rector of Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.