ArchbishopYousif Mirkis heads the Chaldean Archdiocese of Kirkuk, Iraq, the capital of oil-rich territory now firmly controlled by the Kurds, who have shown a particular welcome to Christians fleeing the onslaught of ISIS. He was interviewed July 7, 2014 by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need.
My companions were telling one account after another of the devastation occurring in their former areas on labor -- churches burned, Christians killed, believers fired from jobs, church members imprisoned, leaders slain. I thought to myself, anyone who downplays the persecution of Christians is deeply mistaken.
It's hard to miss the news today: In Pakistan earlier this month, more than 80 people died in a bomb attack on a Protestant church; last weekend, assailants killed three members of a Christian wedding party in Egypt; in Syria, Jihadists are ever more brazen in their determination to target Christians.