Video for Iraq’s Christians and Minorities: We are One
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Shot in Erbil, Iraq, this Christian pop video produced by British band Ooberfuse features refugees from Christian and other minorities who have fled ISIS. The Archbishop of Erbil, Bashar Warda, begins the video by reciting the Our Father in Aramaic.
Established in the second century, the Chaldean Catholic church is an Eastern-rite Church that broke off from Catholicism for several centuries to follow the Nestorian heresy, but reunited with the Church in the mid 1500s. Its patriarchal diocese is in Baghdad and the Mass (the ancient rite is formally known as “Syrian liturgy of Addai and Mari”) is celebrated in Syriac. Chaldean Catholics are ethnically Assyrians and early in the century numbered only about 500,000 in their homeland. As both ethnic and religious minority, most have been forced to flee persecution and war. No one knows how many remain.
For more about the video and Archbishop Warda’s involvement, see this piece in the Catholic Herald.
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