Amid scars of war, Iraqi archbishop readies for pope

From Mosul’s rubble-strewn streets to ancient churches at Karamlesh, badly damaged by the Islamic State group, Archbishop Najeeb Michaeel is preparing for the first-ever papal visit to Iraq. Amid the cleanup and reconstruction, the priest has ensured some scars of war from Islamic State’s (IS) brutal campaign remain – a broken chalice, a smashed cross on a church bell tower – to remember the horrors the Christians of Iraq’s Nineveh plains, in the northeast of Mosul, have survived. “We forgive, without forgetting,” said Michaeel, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, as he visited Karamles…

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