- La situazione sta peggiorando.
Gridate con noi che i diritti umani sono calpestati da persone che parlano in nome di Dio ma che non sanno nulla di Lui che è Amore, mentre loro agiscono spinti dal rancore e dall’odio.
Gridate: Oh! Signore, abbi misericordia dell’Uomo.
Mons. Shleimun Warduni
Baghdad, 19 luglio 2014
mercoledì, marzo 07, 2012
The plight of Iraqi Christians in Lombriasco (Italy)
On next Friday, March 9 at 9 pm, in the parish church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary in Lombriasco, a small village 30 kilometers from Turin, Father Basel Yaldo, a Chaldean priest from Baghdad will explain the plight of Iraqi Christians.
The initiative promoted by the parish priest of Lombriasco, Don Giovanni Serione, has been realized in collaboration with the Italian branch of Aid to the Church in Need.
Father Basel Yaldo, currently in Rome to study for his Ph.D in dogmatic theology, although very young (1970) is a priest of great experience having held different roles over the years: Vice-rector of the major Chaldean seminary in Baghdad, professor of dogmatic theology at Babel College, the only Christian theological university in Iraq, Secretary of the patriarch of the Chaldean Church, Cardinal Mar Emmanuel III Delly, and before his return to Italy where he had already studied theology from 1996 to 2001, assistant pastor in the U.S. where he arrived after having been kidnapped in Baghdad on September 18, 2006.
Baghdadhope spoke with Father Basel Yaldo about his lecture in Lombriasco.
Father, how much is important to keep on talking about the plight of Iraqi Christians?"It is very important because even if fewer and fewer people are interested in the sufferings of Iraqi Christians they still exist. Other wars made people forget what happened in Iraq, but this does not mean that everything is fine there. All Iraqis, and among them the Christians, are still suffering . There are daily acts of violence that are completely ignored and then to talk about them is right."Do you mean that the West is not more interested in what is happening in Iraq...."
Not only the West but our media too. I mean the Christian media created in Iraq since 2003 that now are less concerned about the sufferings ..
The importance of remembering the Iraqi Christian community was also emphasized to Baghdadhope by Don Giovanni Serione, the parish priest of Lombriasco:
"I've always been sensitive to the fate of Christians in the Middle East, birthplace of the church and of the first evangelization. To listen to a witness of the fate of those communities means spreading the knowledge about them. It is important to protect their existence in their mother countries, whether Iraq or the Holy Land, to stop their fleeing from them. The initiative aims to raise awareness of the plight of those communities and the testimony of Father Basel Yaldo will surely be important because he will tell us his experiences but he will also celebrate two Masses with me on Saturday and Sunday: another way to bring his reality nearer to ours ."