Concern and Support for Iraqi Christians Forced by Militants to Flee Mosul

In The New York Times, Tim Arango reports on the reaction that Christians were forced to flee Mosul over the weekend, as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria gave them until Saturday to flee, convert to Islam, or be killed. The situation has led to an outpouring of support from a variety of communities, both in Iraq and abroad, including from members of Iraq’s Parliament and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, as well as from international figures such as United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis. In his public address Sunday, the pope expressed concern for Christians around the Middle East, “where they have lived since the beginning of Christianity, together with their fellow citizens, offering a meaningful contribution to the good of society.”

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