(Bagdad) On Sunday, 24. April the Latin Church in the old city of Mossul was destroyed by explosives.
The church which is entrusted to the Dominican Order under the name of "Church of the Miraculous Mother of God" and because of its bell tower clock, popularly known as the "Clock Church".
According to an unofficial statement by the Chaldean Patriarchate, the attack was accomplished by the Islamic State (IS) which has controlled the northern Iraqi city since June 9, 2014.
Sources which Fides cite, suggest that the jihadists of the des Islamic State (IS) had been plundering the area around the church. Shortly after that, the church was blown up.
The official statement by the Chaldean Patriarchate described the "pain" over the destruction of the church. Iraqi politicians were asked to "quickly resolve this" and direct a "real national reconciliation," which, "will cease any further spreading of terrorism."
The Latin Church with its clock tower church, was the image of the old city of Mosul. The tower was a gift of the Empress Eugenie, the wife of Emperor Napoleon III. of France.. It has not been ruled out that this church's connection to France is what made it a target of the terrorist attack.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Bild: NCAu (Screenshot)
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Edit: so glad this was ironed out by Nostrae Aetate.