The future of Christianity in Iraq is threatened by insecurity with the looming spectre of violence and economic stagnation bringing tens of thousands of the faithful to seek better fortunes abroad.

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Following a string of bombings against Christian targets this past July, Pope Benedict XVI renewed his call for Iraqi and international leaders to do everything possible to promote a just and peaceful coexistence for all people of Iraq.

Chris Altieri reports on the efforts of religious leaders and civil society to move their people toward reconciliation and peace including the invitation from the Archbishop of Kirkuk, Louis Sako to invite Muslim clerics and Christian leaders to share Ramadan dinner together.

In 2007 the Christian village of Tell-el-skop(Telskuf), north east of Mosul was bombed.