NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - For five days, Timothy Cardinal Dolan met with persecuted Christians living as refugees in Iraq. His Eminence returned to New York on Wednesday. He visited Good Day NY the following morning to talk about the dangerous trip and the ongoing threat by the Islamic State.
"We went to see their needs," said Dolan.
Dolan spent his time at the camp located in semi-autonomous Kurdistan in the northern part of Iraq.
"They tell us that they will never be able to go back to Mosul because ISIS destroyed their homes," said Dolan.
At one point during his trip, Dolan was only 14 miles from Mosul which is controlled by ISIS.
110,000 refugees were welcomed into Kurdistan nearly 14 months ago. They are now living in refugee camps that are relatively clean and safe.
"These people just jammed the Masses. The prayed even harder. It was great inspiration to me: it was bitter sweet to see their sadness and persecution being away from home, but to see their spirit of resilience and hope," said Dolan.
His Eminence traveled with The Catholic Near East Welfare Association that is working on the ground with refugees to educate the children in the camp and provide assistance in various ways to all.
"Now they have the terribly difficult choice if they should stay here or move into another country. They know that ISIL could move into there. They are really living in a limbo," said Dolan.