CTU alumna Sr. Luma Khudher, OP, gives a firsthand account of “The Situation of Christians in Iraq: Struggle and Hope.” Though Christians in Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest continuous Christian communities in the world, reports note that hundreds of ancient Christian churches and places of worship have been destroyed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State throughout Iraq and Syria. Millions have been forced to flee as refugees, and entire groups have been killed. Large Christian communities have also been emptied, putting an end to thousands of years of history. In the midst of this tragic reality, Sr. Luma has found well-springs of hope and strength. Recorded at Catholic Theological Union on Monday, June 13, 2016.
About Sr. Khudher, OP: After graduating from CTU in 2007 with a master’s degree in theology and obtaining a doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, Sr. Luma returned to her religious community in Iraq. In August 2014, after overtaking Mosul, ISIS militants advanced on Sr. Luma’s own hometown and her community and many other residents fled to safety.