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  • Yeah, Ascension is nine year old son was killed by a mortar as Islamic state advanced across northern Iraq in 2014.

  • That night, the family buried him and fled Qaraqosh, a Christian enclave near Mosul, along with thousands of others.

  • Five years later, the farmer is back on his land, replanting trees and coaxing it back to life.

  • His community is growing back to encouraged by an active local clergy, which helped Hamas and others rebuild.

  • When we came back, we filed an application at the church.

  • We went to Father Georges and they finished our house.

  • Pope Francis will visit Caracas on Sunday as part of a four day tour of Iraq, the first ever by a pope.

  • About half the town's Christians have returned, a rare ray of hope for a community devastated by years of Islamist violence.

  • That's down to church leaders, who hatched a plan to encourage families back to the town of 50,000 people by rebuilding houses first, then churches.

  • Funds came mainly from Christian organizations abroad.

  • Father, Georgia, Hola was put in charge.

  • We have this piece of land.

  • We have inherited this small patch of land from our ancestors.

  • If we lose it, we lose our identity.

  • Caracas boasts the Grand Immaculate Church, Iraq's biggest restored now after it was damaged and burned.

  • Pope Francis's visit is a source of pride for a community that remains vulnerable, and morale was high for the volunteers who danced and sang as they cleaned and decorated it in preparation.

  • Mhm, yeah, mhm.

Yeah, Ascension is nine year old son was killed by a mortar as Islamic state advanced across northern Iraq in 2014.

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Clergy leads rare Christian revival in Iraqi town

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/04
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