"If a new war breaks out in the region, there is no telling if Kurdistan could again be a safe haven for displaced Christians and other minorities. Remnants of ISIS and other Islamic extremist groups are likely to take advantage of the chaos of another conflict."
“I don’t approve of Christians leaving the Nineveh Plains. I believe you shouldn’t leave your birthplace and you shouldn’t leave your homeland. People don’t have to leave this area because of their safety, because ISIS is in the past now. I have a good feeling about the future. Life is good here—feel welcome!”
Beyond the urgency of the physical reconstruction of the Nineveh Plains, the the cardinal said, “there is the more important obligation of reconstructing Iraqi society and consolidating a harmonious and peaceful coexistence. Here, Christians have the specific position to be artisans of peace, reconciliation and development.”