Christians in Iraq finally return to church destroyed by ISIS

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Christians in Iraq finally return to church destroyed by ISIS

A church in Iraq has marked their first Easter services since Islamic State militants desecrated the building almost eight years ago. 

St Kyriakos’s Chaldean Catholic Church, in Batnaya, saw militant extremists decapitate statues and smash the altar during attacks in 2014.

Sacred images hung above the alter were used as target practice. 

The nearby Chapel of the Immaculate Conception was vandalised with expletive, anti-Christian graffiti. 

The slogans, some in German, read: “O, you [expletive] slaves of the Cross, we will kill you all… You dirty people, you do not belong here.”

Gravestones were destroyed. 

Prior to the attack, the Christian village had been largely demolished. However, it was believed IS had been defeated and the area was free from violence. 

Action to the Church in Need (CAN) undertook a massive restoration and rebuilding scheme to help see the church returned to its former glory. 

Work still continues, but restorations were paused for Holy Week to allow the church to open it’s doors. 

 

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