Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul Mor Najeeb Mikhael Moussa revealed the stages of reconstruction and rehabilitation of all churches and institutions that were damaged and destroyed in the Diocese of Mosul during the ISIS terrorist organization’s control of the city in the year 2014.
Archbishop Mikhael told Ankawa.com that during the previous months, the upper and lower churches of the Mar Korkis Monastery were rehabilitated, and an external wall was built for the monastery to prevent encroachments and penetrations. The Archdiocese’s house was also reopened during the last year, making Archbishop Najib the first Archbishop to return to the city of Mosul after its liberation from ISIS control, and making St. Paul Church the first church in which a mass was held in the city of Mosul after the liberation.
Archbishop Mikhael indicated that work is currently underway on the reconstruction of the Umm al-Maunah Church in the Al-Dawasa area in Mosul, the school adjacent to it and the nearby shops, where the rubble has been removed and the required maps were prepared to begin rehabilitation and restoration work.
The archbishop revealed another project to reconstruct the Al-Tahera Church, also known as the Church of the Upper Monastery, in the Shifa district of Mosul. In addition to the Diocese’s headquarters, which was blown up by explosives in 2004, another headquarters for the Diocese is currently being established.
As for the Church of the Virgin in the Al-Darkaziliya area, Archbishop Mikhael indicated that it is under restoration and rehabilitation, and that the diocese has allocated the necessary funds to ensure that it will be ready for reopening during the upcoming Easter celebration.
With regard to the Shamoun al-Safa Church and the cemetery adjacent to the Maskantah Church, operations have begun to remove the rubble in preparation for its rehabilitation, in addition to the Church of the Holy Spirit, known by locals as Safina, located in the Al-Nour neighborhood. In this context, the Chaldean Archbishop made it clear that the donations came from our people who are inside and outside the country.