FIDES DOSSIER - Religions in the new Iraq

Saturday, 24 April 2004

Vatican City (Fides Service) - In view of the tragic situation in Iraq and the growing weight which some Muslim leaders have assumed on the Iraqi scene, Fides has updated a Dossier "Iraq and Religions", produced in March 2003 which offered a panorama of the history and situation of religion in Iraq at that time. The revised Dossier, “Religions in the New Iraq” examines the present state of relations and the religious picture in the new Iraq a year after the fall of Saddam Hussein with attention for the social and religious picture in post-war Iraq; insurgence of new radical groups; the prospects, role and weight of religious communities in building the new Iraq. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 24/4/2004)


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