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A locked gate to a Christian church is seen, in Baghdad in this photo from July, 2009.
A locked gate to a Christian church is seen, in Baghdad in this photo from July, 2009.
(Karim Kadim/Associated Press)

Patrick Martin

Christians in the Middle East: As they vanish, they become united

Three years ago, in late 2010, I sat down in Iraq with the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Emil Shimoun Nona. Bishop Emil had taken over the northeastern Iraqi diocese the year before, when his predecessor was murdered. It’s an occupational hazard for Christian clergy in this part of the world.