Pope Francis has not been able to visit her on his recent trip to Iraq, due to lack of time within a very tight schedule. But he has had an intense encounter with the inhabitants of Iraqi Kurdistan, in whose capital, Erbil, the first Catholic university in Iraq was inaugurated on December 8, 2015.
Precisely with the objective of uniting young people on an educational path that leads to a future of prosperity and peace, the project of a university center open to all has been carried out. To date, there are already 170 Iraqi university students represented in a 72% by Christians, a 18% by Yazidis and a 10% by Muslims.
In these university classrooms, dialogue, harmony and collaboration are founded on which to build common belonging to that land, with the hope of not having to talk any more about violence as a means of trying to resolve conflicts in Iraq.
It is an opportunity for young Christians to continue being testimonies of their faith in their land and at the same time obtain a cultural and scientific training that allows them to become a new ruling class that promotes the reconstruction of the country. Since its inception, this center has had the support of many institutions and cooperation organizations and with the collaboration of universities from different countries, such as Lebanon and the United States of America. It is expanding its relations with European universities to carry out cooperation and cultural exchange projects.
The CUE (Catholic University in Erbil Campus) is an eloquent sign that Iraqi Christians continue, despite everything, trusting in a future of peace, in which they can profess faith in Christ living in harmony with the citizens of other countries. religious communities.