Christians in Iraq are one
of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world. The vast
majority are Aramaic-speaking Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds and Turcoman.
These are the lands in which Jesus’s apostles and their disciples made some of
the first Christian converts. In an interview in Christian Today (July
2, 2014), Iraq’s leading bishop, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I.
Sako of Baghdad lamented, “We are losing our community.