ASIA/IRAQ - The Chaldean Patriarchate: reports on the execution of a priest in Mosul are unfounded

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Baghdad (Agenzia Fides) - The Chaldean Patriarchate "strongly denies recent news stories that report a priest being executed by Islamic State militants in Mosul". In recent days, the Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona – who recently moved from Mosul to the Eparchy of Saint Thomas the Apostle of Sidney of the Chaldeans - had already denied the false information about a mysterious Christian priest, of a certain Boulos Yakoub, detained by jihadists since last July.
The Patriarchate also stresses that there has never been a priest of this name in the Iraqi Church" and that all Christian priests fled the city when it fell into the hands of jihadists, on June 9. The Chaldean Patriarchate also asks media not to circulate these false rumors.
Already in July Archbishop Amel Shamon Nona, in an interview with Fides, denounced "propaganda operations that often, disturbingly, according to the interests, also spread false information about the condition of Christians". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 05/02/2015)