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Iraq: Christians celebrate Easter in Qarqosh (Baghdida)

Many of Iraq’s Christians celebrated their first Easter since returning to their homes. With the help of local churches and other organisations, people in the country’s largest Christian city, Qaraqosh (also known as Baghdida), have restored their homes and are now attempting to recover the lives they lost when the Islamic State group took over the city nearly four years ago.

The pastor of the Mar Behnam and Sarah Church, located in the centre of Qaraqosh, talks about how the city, which was deserted following IS’s onslaught, is starting to recover.


3 Comments

  1. Christine Shoffner says:

    Thank you so much for posting this encouraging news. I am in tears of joy as I watch this video.

  2. Daniel Barrett says:

    This brought to mind Matthew 11 v12. “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by storm.” I’ve often struggled with that last phrase. For a more satisfying or explanatory version of it, see the NIV, NLT or even the CJB (Complete Jewish Bible). [NOTE: an excellent easy way to see a single verse in over 30 English translations can be found at BibleGateway.com. Just search for the one or two verses you need help with in your usual or favorite translation. Then look at the end of the result for “See XYZ in all English translations.”]

  3. Daniel Barrett says:

    Correction …take it by force.

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