In 2014, many Christians fled the Islamic State to Kurdistan, the northern region of Iraq. Despite devastating terrorist attacks, the faithful persevered and were welcomed and protected as refugees by Peshmerga troops and the Kurdistan Regional Governments.
On August 24 of this year, the patriarch of the Catholic Syrian Church, Msgr. Ignace Joseph III Younan, celebrated Mass and the assumption of the new archbishop of the archdiocese, Msgr. Nathanael Nizar Semaan. Msgr. Semaan will provide pastoral care to all the Christians that fled the Islamic State.
Msgr. Semaan praised the faithful repeating, "You have carried the cross in the example of the Savior, our divine teacher, and you have persevered in your faith, your inheritance and your hope, which has been admired throughout the world, both in the East and in the West”; He has committed himself to become a "creative witness of love.”
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