What happened?

Three archbishops from Iraq and Syria were re¬fused entry into Britain. They had been invited by the Syriac Orthodox Church in Britain for the consecration of its first cathedral. Archbishop Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf of Mosui; Timothius Mousa Shamani, Archbishop of St Matthew’s, Nineveh Valley; and Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh ofHoms and Hama were all refused visas.

The bishops were refused entry because it was thought they might not return home.

What commentators are saying

The Daily Express ran the story on its front page. In an editorial condemning the decision, it said: “Last week we learned that 650,000 immigrants made their way to Britain, the highest level yet. And yet somehow, while letting all these in, officials contrived to ban these three wise men who have risked their lives for the Christian faith. Mary and Joseph were told there was no room at the inn. At this time of the year in particular we would do well to be more mindful of the Christmas message.”

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