By Edward Pentin

Zaid al-Obeidi
A priest leads Divine Liturgy at the Church of Mar Tuma (St. Thomas) in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, on April 28, 2023. The 19th-century church, which was heavily damaged during fighting with the Islamic State group, was renovated thanks to donations from a French NGO, “Fraternité en Irak.”

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