Thursday, January 21, 2016

Oldest Christian Monastery in Iraq is Razed

A 1,400 year-old Christian monastery -- the oldest in Iraq - was "razed to the ground" just months after ISIS took over the Iraqi city of Mosul, satellite pictures show.

For 1,400 years the compound survived assaults by nature and man, standing as a place of worship recently for U.S. troops. In earlier centuries, generations of monks tucked candles in the niches and prayed in the cool chapel. The Greek letters chi and rho, representing the first two letters of Christ’s name, were carved near the entrance.

Now satellite photos obtained exclusively by The Associated Press confirm the worst fears of church authorities and preservationists — St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul has been completely wiped out.

In his office in exile in Irbil, Iraq, the Rev. Paul Thabit Habib, 39, stared quietly at before- and after-images of the monastery that once perched on a hillside above his hometown of Mosul. Shaken, he flipped back to his own photos for comparison.

“I can’t describe my sadness,” he said in Arabic. “Our Christian history in Mosul is being barbarically leveled. We see it as an attempt to expel us from Iraq, eliminating and finishing our existence in this land.”


  1. why nah?why are these people like this?i guess they are glad now

  2. Wonderful blog! I love and i follow your blog, please follow me too

  3. God will surely punish these terrorists that are causing havoc to Christians and the world at large

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    1. Amen In Jesus Name. Thank you alabekee for this wonderful prayer, so shall it be.

  4. But why should they do that? No fear of God


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