Christian Exodus From Iraq Continues As Eight Churches Close Forever

Even as the fighting with ISIS subsides, Christians continue to flee Iraq in record numbers and are not coming back. Eight churches have already closed forever and more are expected according to a recent report:

The liberation of Mosul came after nine hard months of fighting and three brutish years of occupation. All eyes have fixated on this noteworthy event; however, just south in Baghdad, eight churches have been closed due to the significant loss of the Christian populace.

The eight Baghdad churches were closed in May of 2017, after nearly seven years of low to no attendance. After the regional Catholic Church authority visited the churches, the Vatican decided that it was best to close the doors for good. While this makes logistical sense, it represents a symbolic defeat for the Church in the capital of Iraq.

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