a warning from the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch and Archbishop of Mosul...
Courtesy of post on 17 August 2014 at Rorate Caeli quoting the article
The Chaldean Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul (Latin: Archieparchia Mausiliensis Chaldaeorum) is an Eastern sui juris (autonomous) particular church of the Catholic Church, located in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
Mosul (Arabic: الموصل al-Mawṣil; North Mesopotamian Arabic: el-Mōṣul; Syriac: ܢܝܢܘܐ Nînwe; Kurdish: Mûsil/Nînewe; Turkmen: Musul) is a city in northern Iraq and the capital of the Nineveh Province, some 400 km (250 mi) northwest of Baghdad.
The original city stands on the west bank of the Tigris River, opposite the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh on the east bank, but the metropolitan area has now grown to encompass substantial areas on both banks. It is Iraq's second largest city after Baghdad.
The city of Mosul is home to the University of Mosul, one of the largest educational and research centers in Iraq and the Middle East.
The city is not only an historic centre for Chaldean Catholic Christianity but also the Nestorian Christianity of the Assyrians and it famously is home to the tombs of several Old Testament prophets including the Prophet Jonas (Yunus or Younis in Muslim Arabic and Yunan in Christian Arabic).
The name of the city is first mentioned by Xenophon in 401 BC in his expeditionary logs. There, he notes a small town of "Mépsila" (Ancient Greek: Μέψιλα) on the Tigris at about where modern Mosul is today (Anabasis, III.iv.10). Nineveh gave its name to Mepsila after its violent fall to the Babylonians, Medes and Scythians in 612 BC.
Mosul should not be confused with the ancient Assyrian capital of Nineveh which is located across the Tigris from Mosul on the eastern banks, at the famed archaeological mound of Kuyunjik (Turkoman for "sheep's hill").
This area is better known today as the town of Nebi Yunus ("prophet Jonah"). The site contains the tomb of the Biblical Jonah as he lived and died in Nineveh, then the capital of ancient Assyria.
Today, this entire area has been absorbed into Mosul metropolitan area. The surviving Assyrians, refer to entire city of Mosul as Nineveh (or rather, Ninweh).
They have been Christians since being converted by the preaching of St Thomas the Apostle.
The Christian Assyrians and Chaldeans have lived in Nineveh for more than 600 years before Islam even began and now Islamic terrorists and fanatics are trying to erase them from their own ancient homeland.
Under Arab nationalists like Saddam Hussein they had been protected but, since the Americans and the British invaded, destroyed and then shamefully departed, leaving chaos behind, these gentle Christian people have been subjected to relentless persecution and a campaign that can only be described as a campaign of genocide.
And what is the West doing about it? Very little! So much for Western compassion, humanity and alleged concern for human rights, democracy and international justice!
Mosul has been the See of the Patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church from Mar Yohannan Hormizd (1778-1818) to Mar Yousef VI Emmanuel II Thomas (1900-1947).
St Miskenta the Martyr - Al Mayasa
St Isiah - Ras Al Koor
St Paul - Hai Al-Majmou'a
Our Mother of Perpetual Help - Dawasa
St Joseph - Al-Mayda
Church of the Virgin Mary - Al-Dargazliya
St Ephrem - Mousal Al-Jadida
Sacred Heart - Tel Keppe
St Addai - Karamles
The Archeparchy is led by the prelature of an archbishop, concurrently the pastor of St Paul's Cathedral.
In 2004, there were 10 diocesan priests, 4 religious priest, 1 permanent Deacon, 4 male religious and a total of 10 parishes.
There were a total of only 20,600 Catholics remaining in the Archeparchy but the numbers are declining rapidly due to persecution.
The Cathedral was the target of a bombing on 7 December 2004, leaving the building badly damaged.
The Archeparch's residence was a modern two story building that housed the archbishopric, which was 10 km away from the cathedral.
The Archbishopric was built and inaugurated in 1995 by the late Mar George Garmo. It was destroyed on 12 August 1995 by five attackers who ransacked the building after forcing everyone to leave and loading the building with dynamite.
Archbishop Mar Paulos Faraj Rahho (Arabic: بولس فرج رحو, Būlus Farağ Raḥū; Syriac: ܦܘܠܘܣ ܦ̮ܪܔ ܪܚܘ, Paulōs Farağ Raḥō; 20 November 1942-February or March 2008) was the Chaldean Catholic Archeparch of Mosul.
"But he answered and said unto them, an evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here."