IRAQ – Sale of Churches Sparks Controversy in Iraq

International Christian Concern | Jan. 8, 2019

The sale of churches and potential corruption regarding the resulting funds has sparked fresh controversy in Iraq. This comes as three churches have recently been listed for sale for residential or commercial purposes: the Syriac Catholic Church in Shurja, the Church of Divine Wisdom in Adhamiya, and a monastery in Dora.

Exactly how many churches have previously and are currently listed for sale is unknown. However, the massive wave of Christian immigration over the last several years has emptied many churches. This has prompted the sale of churches, particularly in areas such as Baghdad where the Christian population has decreased significantly.