Iraq Prelates Take Concerns to Council of Europe Leader

ROME, SEPT. 16, 2011 ( Two prelates from Iraq told the president of the Council of Europe that there is simply no religious freedom in the country.

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Archbishops Bashar Warda of Erbil and Amil Nona of Mosul affirmed this when they met with Hermann Van Rompuy last Tuesday, Aid to the Church in Need reported.

The two Chaldean-rite archbishops stressed to the European leader that there is a need for Christians to receive help to build schools, saying that Church-run education would benefit the whole society.

“Education would help to develop a new culture as well as freedom of religion, opening up new perspectives for young people,” Archbishop Warda said.

The half-hour meeting in Brussels took place in the framework of visits organized by Aid to the Church in Need.

During the discussions, Rompuy asked about living conditions in Iraq, women’s rights and how Europe could help.

Both bishops highlighted human rights concerns stemming from Article 3 of Iraq’s constitution, which enshrines the supremacy of Sharia law.

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