An Iraqi priest chose to stay at his parish, just a few miles from the front lines of the Islamic State, rather than remaining safely in Rome.
Father Ghazwan Yousif Baho divides his time between the parish in the town of Algosh and his teaching responsibilities at the Pontifical University Urbanianum in Rome. During a recent visit to Rome he was given the option of remaining there safely instead of returning to Iraq, but declined.
“Sometimes I thought about leaving Iraq,” Father Baho said, but now I say, ‘I don’t leave my village anymore.'” He said that parishioners have been encouraged by his choice to be with them in danger.