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Iraq: Muslims and Christians Oppose Church Demolition

Church of Divine Wisdom Built in 1929

Dozens of inhabitants of Baghdad, Christians, and Muslims, have given rise to public mobilizations to stop the realization of a project of urban restructuring that would also imply the demolition of the Chaldean church dedicated to the Divine Wisdom, in the district of Adhamiya, Fides News Agency reported on January 2, 2019.

In the signs and banners displayed during the demonstrations, also documented by the news services of al Sharqiya TV (satellite channel of the media entrepreneur Saad al Bazzaz, a native of Mosul), the participants in the demonstrations call into question political forces and national and local institutions, giving them the responsibility of supporting an urban project in the name of interests and commercial calculations that jeopardizes a church recognized by all as a symbol-place of the combated but necessary coexistence between different religious components of the Iraqi population.

The church of the Divine Wisdom was built in 1929 by British architect James Mollison Wilson during the British Mandate on Mesopotamia and is located on the border of two inhabited urban areas respectively by Shiites and Sunni

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