Monday, March 21, 2005

Be Like Leaven

Zenit published a good article on its Web site regarding Iraqi Christians:

Chaldean Archbishop Gabriel Kassab of Basra says that the Christians in Iraq must be "like leaven" in changing their society.

On a visit to London, Archbishop Kassab, 65, explained to the international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the help provided through the Church in Iraq was widely appreciated by various communities.

As an example, the prelate reported that the Church in Basra now runs three kindergartens, where 90% of the pupils are Muslim.

The archbishop added that although some Christian families fled during the insurgency, a number have since returned since the January elections. He estimated that there are now about 1,000 Christian families in his archdiocese.


Archbishop Kassab was the pastor of my church in Baghdad while he was still a priest. He is a remarkable person. He had and still has a lot of energy. He works very hard for his community and his achievements are countless.


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