The young Iraqi who gave a moving testimony at the Synod

Safa Alqoshy is a young Iraqi who participated in the recent Synod of Bishops, which just concluded in Rome. His testimony was one of the most applauded during the assembly. The Chaldean Catholic, aged 26, spoke about the suffering of those who are being persecuted in and around his country because in many cases persecution leads to death. “Young people fight to defend their lives.”

Safa has reported numerous examples of Iraqi martyrs who shed their blood to follow Jesus. “You don’t go to church – he continued – for the bishop or the pope, you go for God, for Jesus, because Jesus is the Church, in spite of all the things that happen. We just have to be faithful, strong, stay in our place and reflect on the image of Jesus.”

Safa added that he hopes the synod will give people a clearer picture of the reality faced by Iraqi Christians. He has also asked governments to follow the example of Hungary, the only nation that has a ministry dedicated to persecuted Christians.

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