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Iraq: Young priests ordained to in refugee camps to deliver sermons to the persecuted Christians


In the wake of second anniversary of Christians’ exodus from Qaraqosh in northern Iraq three young priests have been ordained in a church inside the Aishty 2 camp. Ever since Islamic State had made an advance against the city about 50,000 Christians had to flee. As the population of Christian refugees had been increasing three young priests have been ordained at the camps.

Young Iraqi priests in refugee camps

Three young priests from Qaraqosh were ordained in a refugee camp in Erbil, they will be sermonize messages of hope to the persecuted Christian refugees. About 5,000 refugees are living in this camp, while their first prayer service was held on Friday August 5.

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The three newly ordained priests include Father Roni Salim Momika, Father Emad and Father Petros from the Syriac-Catholic Church. Father Momika said: “Before it was a bad day because we became refugees and ISIS entered to Qaraqosh, but now this day became a good day because it’s our ordination and we give hope to our people. We left Qaraqosh during this time two years ago.”

Since last two years young Father Momika has been ministering to the young refugees and women living in the refugee camp. He expressed hopes to carry on his work, in the refugee camp. He asserts that he always wants “to stand with the refugees.”

Young priest said that his prime objective is to “to give Christ to the people”, and instill “power, hope and courage” to the down trodden Christians who have had suffered unrelenting persecution and tormenting at the hands of ISIS. Qaraqosh was once home to Iraq’s biggest Christian community, when at least a quarter of the Iraq’s Christian population lived in Qaraqosh and its surrounding towns.