1st mass in 2 years for Iraqi town

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Qaraqosh: A hand­ful of faith­ful gath­ered in a burnt out church Sun­day for the first mass to be cel­e­brated in two years in Qaraqosh, which was once Iraq’s main Chris­tian town. Iraqi forces re­took Qaraqosh from the Is­lamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group days ear­lier, as part of a mas­sive of­fen­sive to wrest back the coun­try’s sec­ond city Mo­sul. “Af­ter two years and three months in ex­ile, I just cel­e­brated the Eucharist in the cathe­dral of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion the Is­lamic State wanted to de­stroy,” Yo­hanna Pet­ros Mouche, the Syr­iac Catholic Arch­bishop of Mo­sul, said. AFP

An Iraqi Chris­tian pre­pares for the first Sun­day mass at the Grand Im­mac­u­late Church since it was re­cap­tured from Is­lamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mo­sul in Iraq on Sun­day.

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