News by email Donate

Suggestions

Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Nineveh-Reconstruction-Committee-main_article_image.jpg
Aid to the Church in Need
World News

Christian churches unite to rebuild northern Iraq after IS destruction

Formed by the Syriac Catholic, Syriac Orthodox and Chaldean Catholic churches, the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee is trying to encourage thousands of Iraqi believers back to the Nineveh Plains.

Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Alshamany said: "Today we are truly a united Church - Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean and Syriac Catholic - united in the work of rebuilding these houses on the Nineveh Plains and in restoring hope to the hearts of the inhabitants of these villages and inviting those who have left them to return."

Aid to the Church in Need

Recently, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) estimated 12,000 homes damaged by IS could need to be rebuilt - at a cost of more than £160 million.

Syriac Catholic Archbishop Mouche said: "I would like to invite the Christians of the Nineveh Plains to return to their homes and resume living in their villages, in order to bear witness to Christianity.

"Today we join together to demonstrate that we are united in our wish to accelerate this operation as rapidly as possible, and that it must start as soon as possible."

The Committee was unveiled at the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil, where many of the 100,000 Christians displaced by the IS invasion in August 2014 fled to.

ADF International

Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Sharaf said: "We are the roots of Christianity. We must remain in our country. We must remain as witnesses to Jesus Christ in this country, in Iraq and especially in the Plains of Nineveh.

"This task of rebuilding all the houses in those villages where ISIS has destroyed everything is truly an enormous challenge. Thank you in advance to all those who will help us."

ACN says it will be following closely the Committee's initial operation and, throughout, it will be helping raise financial support.

Top picture: Archbishop Timothaeus Mosa Alshamany, Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche, Father Andrew Halemba, Metropolitan Nicodemus Daoud Matti Sharaf, and Bishop Mikha Pola Maqdassi.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

Connect

Donate

Donate