Iraq Christian leader urges release of captive nuns

Iraqi police officers guard the entrance of St. Joseph’s Chaldean Church before a Christmas mass in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013

Iraq’s most senior Christian leader appealed Saturday for the release of two nuns and three orphans who have been missing for several days in militant-held areas of northern Nineveh province.

The group went missing on Tuesday in Mosul, the first city to fall in a major militant offensive last month that overran swathes of territory across five provinces north and west of Baghdad, and have not been seen since.

“We are appealing for scholars in Mosul and tribal sheikhs to help us release two nuns and three orphans,” said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako.

“Christians are not party to these events”…

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