(AGI) Perugia, Nov 24 - Persecuted Christians in Iraq must beprotected, said Shlemon Warduni, Iraqi Auxiliary Bishop of theChaldean Catholic Church. "Men, women and children of Christianfaith are the victims of the genocide that is being perpetratedby ISIS in Iraq," he told a meeting called "Hoping against allhope - the Testimony of Iraqi Christians" in Perugia, centralItaly. The meeting was organised by the "Maesta' delle Volte"Cultural Centre, with the Archdiocese and the Municipal Councilof Perugia. The Iraqi cleric was welcomed by Auxiliary BishopMonsignor Paolo Giulietti and called on everyone to "prayincessantly to stop the genocide of Christians in Iraq, butalso in Syria, Egypt and wherever there is growing violenceagainst those who do not profess the Islamic faith". Thedirector of Caritas, Daniela Monni, said: "The message that theAuxiliary Bishop of Baghdad conveyed in Perugia expressed afaith grounded on charity. He spoke of the blood of Christiansas the grain from which to harvest hope and peace for thefuture. This can be possible throughout the Middle East,because most Muslims do not support ISIS and because theythemselves say 'if you kill innocent people, this is notIslam'. In preparing to experience the Advent of brotherhoodthat Caritas proposes every year ahead of the Holy Christmas,we cannot but think of the many families in distress, familiesthat are nearby, here in Perugia, and families far away, inIraq and in Syria, but all equally part of the great humanfamily," she said. (AGI) . .