100 days – Day 87

100 DAYS

 100 days – Day 87

The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church –

is a paraphrase of a statement made by Tertullian in 197 A.D. in “The Apology” – written to the Emperor:

He writes, “kill us, torture us, condemn us, grind us to dust; your injustice is the proof that we are innocent. Therefore God suffers (allows) that we thus suffer. …….Nor does your cruelty, however exquisite, avail you; it is rather a temptation to us. The oftener we are mown down by you, the more in number we grow; the blood of Christians is seed.”

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The Christians of Iraq are considered to be one of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world.

The vast majority are Eastern Aramaic-speaking ethnic Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs,and  Kurds .

In Iraq, Christians numbered about 1,500,000 in 2003, representing just over 5% of the population of the country…

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