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An education
against hate and weapons

· The faithful of Australia work to open a Catholic university in Erbil ·

Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East.

In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better coordinate the necessary aid to complete construction on the university located in the city which is mostly Christian. The Chaldean Church provided the 30,000 square metres where the university will stand.

The goal from the beginning was to create a private university open to all, which meets the needs of the people. The university will also serve as centre for scientific research. Almost three years after the dramatic events that swept the northern regions of Iraq and led to thousands of Christian refugees to flee from Islamic State jihadists to Erbil, the University will be a concrete sign of support to young Iraqi Christians, inevitably tempted to leave the country and leave behind the horrors of war and the uncertainties and threats that influence their future.

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