After the liberation of Telekug-Tesqopa, Iraq from ISIS, the village Iraqi Chaldean Christians were finally able to erect a giant cross in their town. The town was able to celebrate their first mass in over two and a half years this February. This cross represents a symbol of hope and freedom to people who were not allowed to worship their lord. In a recent tweet by Iraqi Christians, upon seeing the symbolic cross glowing in the night, “some of the Christian families have begun to return.” There is evidence of multiple locations erecting crosses due to the recent liberation, including the re-installment of the cross on the church Alqalb Alquds in Talkif.
From NC Register:
After years of darkness, hope has returned to Telekuf-Tesqopa. Located just 17 miles from Mosul, the village is rebuilding after being liberated from ISIS. As a visible sign of the rebuilding, a giant cross was erected on a hill, marking the victory of the Christian faith against the darkness of the jihadists. On Feb. 18, the Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Sako, visited the village, where he blessed the large cross and participated in the celebration of the first Mass after two and a half years in St. George Church. According to the website of the Patriarchate of Babylon, the authorities and officials of the region were present at the celebration.