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> --On 21 November 2000, 18:18 -0500 "ZENIT News Agency"
> wrote: 
>> Christian Families Lining Up to Emigrate, He Tells Vatican Agency
>> ROME, NOV. 21, 2000 ( The international community must be
> aware 
>> that the embargo against Iraq "constitutes a flagrant injustice," 
>> Syrian-Catholic Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka of Baghdad said
> today.
>> Archbishop Athanase Matti was in Rome for the Syrian Church's Jubilee 
>> pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Peter. He made his statement to the Vatican

>> agency Fides.
>> The archbishop, 70, is the leader of the second largest Iraqi Christian 
>> community, which includes 50,000 faithful. Chaldean Catholics number
> 500,000.
>> The archbishop told Fides that Iraqi Christians are leaving the country: 
>> "Many Iraqi Christian families crowd the doors of embassies in Amman 
>> (Jordan), ready to do anything to obtain a visa for America, Canada or 
>> Australia."
>> In the spirit of the Jubilee, he said, the embargo should be lifted. A
> U.N. 
>> embargo was imposed after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. The Church, 
>> Caritas and Iraqi benefactors abroad are sending medical supplies and 
>> assistance to help the country's people.

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