Christianity in Iraq is just one wave of persecution away from extinction, said the Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Basra.
In an interview with Catholic News Service, Chaldean Archbishop Habib Nafali said there were now so few Christians in his country that the Church there would disappear if it was subjected to further persecution.
He said the displacements and murders of Christians over the past 15 years constituted genocide.
“Another wave of persecution will be the end of Christianity after 2,000 years,” he said during the interview in St Columba’s Church, Chester, England.
“There is a global game, and the peaceful people – the minorities – in the end will be the ones who are destroyed,” he said.
He said he was fearful of renewed persecution because he believed the Daesh terror group had not been defeated, but had gone underground. It was suspected of being behind a recent spate murders of women who had chosen to dress themselves in Western fashions, he said.
“We have seen with our own eyes how they attack Christians,” he added.
Picture: Chaldean Archbishop Habib Nafali of Basra, Iraq, speaks to schoolchildren at St Columba’s parish in Chester, England, about the persecution of Christians in Iraq. (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell).