ATLANTA - Seeking to show universal concern for religious freedom,
the nation's Catholic bishops discussed Thursday federal government
policies that they say redefine ministry, but also heard a plea from an
Iraqi archbishop who said his country's Christians are being killed or
forced to flee.
"As leaders of the church in the United States,
you bear a special responsibility toward the people and Christians of
Iraq. In 2003 your country led the war that brought some terrible
consequences," said Bishop Schlemon Warduni, an auxiliary bishop of
Babylon of the Chaldeans. His nation has gone from one where Christians
and Muslims were friends to one where churches are bombed and clergy
kidnapped, tortured and killed, he said.
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