Apr 04, 2017 by Will Maule

Iraqi Churches Band Together For The Greater Good

The leaders of three Christian denominations in northern Iraq have united to embark on a big rebuilding programme following widespread damage caused by Islamic State, reports 

Formed by the Syriac Catholic, Syriac Orthodox and Chaldean Catholic churches, the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee is trying to encourage thousands of Iraqi believers back to the Nineveh Plains.

Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Alshamany said: "Today we are truly a united Church - Syriac Orthodox, Chaldean and Syriac Catholic - united in the work of rebuilding these houses on the Nineveh Plains and in restoring hope to the hearts of the inhabitants of these villages and inviting those who have left them to return."

Recently, Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) estimated 12,000 homes damaged by IS could need to be rebuilt - at a cost of more than £160 million.

Syriac Catholic Archbishop Mouche said: "I would like to invite the Christians of the Nineveh Plains to return to their homes and resume living in their villages, in order to bear witness to Christianity.

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