Friday, February 24, 2017

Iraqi Christians Erect Cross in Freed Village; Marks Christian Victory of IS-Seized Village

After years of darkness under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), hope has returned to the Iraqi village of Telekuf-Tesqopa -- located just 17 miles from Mosul -- the National Catholic Register website reports today (February 24, 2017).

As a sign of the rebuilding in the village, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the Islamic State terrorists.

On February 18, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Sako, visited the village, where he blessed the large cross and participated in the celebration of the first Mass after two and a half years in St. George Church.

In his homily, Patriarch Sako said that this event is "the first spark of light shining in all the cities of the Nineveh Plain since the darkness of ISIS, which lasted almost two and a half years."

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