Iraq: A new church built in a refugee camp, giving new hope to the Christian refugees

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Refugee camp in Iraq

A new church built in a refugee camp in Iraqi capital, which has enlivened the Christians residing the refugee camp.

In line with details, a new church has been constructed in a refugee camp in Baghdad. This new church has cheered up the displaced Christians who now have a place to worship.

After being dedicated on November 13, this church is now open for the Christian refuges. This church building is a project of the Institute of the Incarnate Word, and is named after the Virgin Mary.

Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Sleiman conducted the service while other priests of the Institute of the Incarnate Word along with representatives from the nunciature, the Domician community, and local churches representatives also attended this service. Archbishop Ephrem Abba Mansoor of the Syriac Archeparchy of Baghdad, and an Orthodox priest manager of the refugee camp were also present during this service.

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In his homily Archbishop Sleiman reflected on “the suffering of refugees which will certainly not go unrewarded,” and after the Mass each of the Christian family were presented with a picture of St. John Paul II. Owing to the donations from various parts of the world, the construction of this church building was made possible. In addition to this, a charity Aid to the Church in Need also made a valuable contribution in the construction of this church building.

At this occasion, Amigos de Irak commented that “building in Baghdad is very expensive, so we reused materials from the temporary camps where we received the refugees when the conflict began.” Abu Rami- the engineer who was in charge of the construction of this church building also lent a helping hand by purchasing some materials for the construction.

Amigos de Irak (Friends of Iraq) explained that every Saturday and Sunday Mass will be conducted in the church, while the church building will be used for other social activities as well.

“Because there are so many needs, we try to make the most of the resources we have. But that doesn’t matter! It’s like every work of God, poor but abundant in fruits! And everyone worked on it! The refugees who are enjoying it and you who made it possible,” they said.