The Price Iraqi Catholics Paid for America's War on Terror
ZENIT reported that Catholicism in Iraq has been "ruined" since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq:
“1,400 years of Islam could not uproot us from our land and our churches, while the policies of the West [have] scattered us and distributed us all around the world,” Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako said.
The patriarch, who has governed the Eastern Catholic Church since February 2013 said, “intervention by the West in the region did not solve the problems" but instead "produced more chaos and conflict.”
“Democracy and change come through upbringing and education rather than through conflict,” he added.
Before Saddam Hussein’s regime, the patriarch said there had been about 5,000 families and over 240 students preparing for their First Holy Communion in the Church of the Ascension. Yet, late this April, he celebrated the Holy Mass for First Holy Communion with “13 students only.”
Iraqi authorities are partially responsible for “this migration for failing to restore security and stability,” he said.