“I photographed men and women, both Christians and Muslims, placing a cross atop the St. John’s Church in Baghdad. They had taken the cross from storage and a man washed it before carrying it up to the dome. A Muslim man had invited the American soldiers from ‘Chosen’ Company 2-12 Cavalry to the church, where I videotaped as Muslims and Christians worked and rejoiced at the reopening of St John’s, an occasion all viewed as a sign of hope. The Iraqis asked me to convey a message of thanks to the American people. ‘Thank you, thank you,’ the people were saying. One man said, ‘Thank you for peace.’ Another man, a Muslim, said ‘All the people, all the people in Iraq, Muslim and Christian, is brother.’ The men and women were holding bells, and for the first time in memory freedom rang over the ravaged land between two rivers.
- Muslims & Christians raise a cross in Baghdad The Anchoress November 7, 2007.
- Iraq’s First Catholic Cardinal Calls For Peace Between All Faiths Paul Icamina – AHN News Writer:
“Christians and Muslims have lived together here for 1,400 years,” Cardinal Delly said. “We have much in common; in Iraq, the Christian house is next to the Muslim house.”
“Those who kill don’t kill only Christians. They kill Muslims as well – the situation is the same for both,” he said.