Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

Refugee children in Erbil receive their First Communion May 27, 2016. Photo courtesy of Deacon Roni Momica.

By Elise Harris

Erbil, Iraq, May 28, 2016 / 05:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Friday, the first of three rounds of displaced Iraqi children made their First Communion in a refugee camp in Erbil, providing a silver lining to an otherwise bleak situation.

Out of the 5,500 people living in Erbil’s Aishty 2 camp for the displaced, the majority – more than 2,000 – are children. Of these, 470 will make their First Communion in the coming weeks.

The number of children receiving the sacrament is up from last year’s class, which numbered about 400.
Since this year’s number of recipients is so high, the children have been divided into three groups. The first, numbering around 175, made their First Communion on Friday, May 27.

Next Friday, June 3, a second group of about 145 will receive the Eucharist, while the third and final group of about 150 will receive the sacrament Friday, June 10.

All of the children are from the Syriac-Catholic rite, and most fled the city of Qaraqosh, the former Christian capitol of Iraqi Kurdistan, with their families when ISIS militants attacked the night of Aug. 6, 2014.

The May 27 Mass for the first group was celebrated by Syriac-Catholic Archbishop of Mosul Yohanno Petros Moshe in the camp’s large, prefabricated church.

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13 Responses to Iraqi refugee children make First Communion in Erbil camp

  1. toadspittle says:

    What a great picture. Good story, too.
    Many people seem to think to be a refugee, you have got to be a Muslim.

    “…most fled the city of Qaraqosh, the former Christian capitol of Iraqi Kurdistan, with their families when ISIS militants attacked the night of Aug. 6, 2014.”.
    The blame for this can be laid directly at the doors of George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

  2. JabbaPapa says:

    There’s a current Guardian (!!!) article about refugees of Muslim origin converting en masse to Christianity.

    Despite the rather surprising provenance, it mirrors some reports I’ve heard about such conversions being somewhat common in Africa, and Christianity growing there.

  3. Reblogged this on Solutio Problematis Omnes (aka "The Catholic Linker") and commented:
    This is a heartwarming story. We think our country should invite these refugees into the country. Our Protestant country certainly needs more Catholics.

  4. toadspittle says:

    “Our Protestant country certainly needs more Catholics.”
    Interesting comment, Sol.* Do you think Catholic countries certainly need more Muslims?

    * Too hard to spell all that Italian.

    Re-blogged this on “Venomous and Vitriolic Catholic.”

  5. The Raven says:

    And this response from Toad demonstrates you can take the boy out of the newsroom, but you cannot take the newsroom out of the boy: a prime example of Betteridge’s Law, Señor Sapo!

  6. toadspittle says:

    Compliments are never unwelcome, Raven – especially from you.

    It’s my growing suspicion that His Holiness regards the similarities between assorted religions (Love of God and so on) as considerably more significant than the differences.
    He’s quite mistaken, of course – isn’t he?

  7. toadspittle says:

    “He’s quite mistaken, of course – isn’t he?”
    No.

    There. It works!

  8. JabbaPapa says:

    It’s my growing suspicion that His Holiness regards the similarities between assorted religions (Love of God and so on) as considerably more significant than the differences.

    That’s hardly coherent with his comment about the notion of conquest being innate to the soul of Islam, and frankly it’ll take more than one of your odd “suspicions” to justify accusing the Holy Father of Modernist Relativist Syncretism, as if he no longer believed in the Catholicity of the Faith.

  9. toadspittle says:

    “Accusing” him of it?
    I can’t even spell it.
    (And God knows what it means.)

  10. Tom Fisher says:

    The blame for this can be laid directly at the doors of George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

    Really? If the west hadn’t poked the hornets nest all would be well? Come on Toad, that’s beneath you

  11. toadspittle says:

    We’ll just have to differ on this one, Tom.
    …But you know that Christians did reasonably well under Saddam, don’t you?

  12. Robert says:

    You seem to have lost my entry re Sykes – Picot which dates back to Fatima and explains the immediate background to the Middle East. The Syrian Christians of course go back to the Apostles and St Charbel must never be forgotten (canonised by Paul VI)

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