IRAQ: THE US GIVE THE THEOLOGICAL FACULTY OF THE BABEL COLLEGE BACK TO THE CHALDEAN CHURCH

On November 6th 2008, the Baghdad premises of the Babel College, the only Christian theological faculty in Iraq, were given back to its owner, the Chaldean Church, by the US army which had occupied it since the end of March 2007. The news was relayed by the Baghdadhope website, which published the words of the head of the faculty, the Chaldean bishop mgr. Jacques Isaac. "The Americans decided to vacate the buildings and signed an agreement with the Chaldean Church, under which they also undertake to restore any damage and replace what has been destroyed: the classroom equipment, for instance, and the printing works". No damages in the library and chapel, as the latter, "given the presence of a chaplain, was used as a place of worship". However, before it can say it is happy with this decision, the Chaldean Church wants to wait until "the works are finished", explains mgr. Isaac. "We are still at the beginning. We gave the US army a detailed list of all that was in the buildings before they became a military base. At any rate, it will take months for everything to be fixed”. At the time, the security of the building is overseen by the Iraqi army. As everyone knows, the Babel College, an associate of Rome’s Università Urbaniana, was relocated in January 2007 for security reasons to Ankawa, in the north, where it holds its classes. ” “

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