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MIDDLE EAST: Christians Need Unity To Survive

In a message titled “The Eastern Churches need a breath of fresh air,” the Patriarch of Baghdad, Cardinal Louis Raphaël Sako (in photo), warned that “future generations will be without faith” unless Churches overcome their differences to address the reality of life in the region. “Our strength lies in our harmonious unity, which is a guarantee of our survival and our continuity in spreading our message,” he said.

The Chaldean Church is based in Iraq, where it makes up 80 percent of the rapidly-diminishing Christian population (estimated at 1.5 million in 2003, and 200,000 in 2021). Cardinal Sako has repeatedly condemned the treatment of Christians in Islamic societies across the Middle East.

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