As a village outside the city of Mosul is being rebuilt after its liberation from the Islamic State terror group, a giant cross has been erected on one of its hills to celebrate the victory of faith over "darkness."
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The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Sako, inaugurated the cross and attended the the first Mass held after two and a half years in Saint George Church, according to Catholic News Agency.
He called the cross, erected in the village of Telekuf-Tesqopa, about 17 miles from Mosul, "the first spark of light shining in all the cities of the Nineveh Plain since the darkness of ISIS, which lasted almost two and a half years."
"This is our land and this is our home," Sako said during the mass, and added that the cross will announce "to the world that this is our land, we were born here and we will die here. Our ancestors were buried in this pure land and we are going to remain to preserve them with all our might and for future generations."