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Volume 43, Number 4
  
9 January 2014
Greg Kandra




Iraqi refugees celebrate the liturgy in Amman. (photo: Nader Daoud)

Some years back, we profiled the Chaldean Catholics of Iraq, fleeing the war and hoping to make a new start in Jordan. Like so many refugees we have encountered over the years, they found solace in their faith:

The refugees carry on with their lives as best as possible. Father Mousalli celebrates baptisms, eucharistic liturgies, marriages and eventually funerals for his refugee flock.

Churches in Amman and Beirut have organized informal schools for children to make up for time lost out of school. The church has also enrolled university students in English and computer courses.

But despite their great belief in God, Chaldean refugees are filled with despair. They did not want to leave their beloved homeland and nearly all want to return if the political situation changes.

Read more about what they endured in Waiting for the Future from the March-April 2003 issue of the magazine.



Tags: Lebanon Refugees Iraqi Christians Chaldean Church Amman