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IRAQ: A Leading Priest Requests Islamic Leaders To Fight Radical Islamic Ideology

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One of Iraq’s leading Church leaders has issued an appeal to the liable Islamic leaders to join in the task of “dismantling” radical jihadist ideology.

Patriarch Raphael Louis I Sako
Patriarch Raphael Louis I Sako

According to media reports, Patriarch Raphael Louis I Sako of the Chaldean Catholic Church while speaking to an audience in Baghdad that the religious minorities of Iraq, “are today marginalized, and have been dealt with harshly and in a brutal way.” “Christians especially have suffered under the Islamic State, he said—reporting that in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, “not a single one” is left.

Moreover, the Chaldean Patriarch requested Islamic leaders to deal with “this immoral and uncivilized phenomenon” and to “spread the civilized culture of respecting diversity.” Patriarch Sako said, Islamic leaders should reassess and amend the texts used by religious teachers, “closing the door to those who are influencing the mentality of young people to use violence in the name of religion.” He challenged them to “promote a civilized culture of acceptance and acknowledging others as brothers, co-citizens, and full partners.”

“At this point, there is no other future for us than living together in peace,” the Chaldean Patriarch said.