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Mosul's Cathedral Being Turned into a Mosque, British Bishop Reports


John Burger - published on 04/14/15

Cardinal Nichols says Iraqi Catholic bishop gets regular updates from ISIS

Radical Muslims may have been frustrated in turning certain Christian shrines into mosques—Hagia Sophia in Istanbul and  the cathedral of Cordova come to mind.

But apparently, they’re having success in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, which was overtaken by the Islamic State group last summer.

According to the Tablet, the same group that has been killing religious minorities in the way of their establishing a caliphate and destroying archaeological heritage sites they consider idolatrous is desecrating the city’s Catholic cathedral and converting it into a mosque.

Their source for the story, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, recently visited Iraqi Christians who have fled to Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Cardinal Nichols said that Bishop Emil Shimoun Nona of Erbil regularly receives photographs from IS members that show the ongoing cathedral conversion.

The cardinal, president of the bishops’ conference of England and Wales, said in an article for that the “brutal displacement” of Christians from Mosul left many people traumatized. “I met fathers of families who no longer had any sense of ‘self’ and of their responsibilities. Shape and purpose had disappeared from their lives. I felt their raw anger and growing sense of helplessness.”

He said displaced families simply want to go back to their houses and their land. For this to be possible, he said, “territories have to be liberated, a new rule of law established and a shattered social network rebuilt."

If they do return, the conversion of their main church into a mosque will be one item of many that will have to be sorted out.

Christians in the Middle EastIslamic MilitantsMosul
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