Christians living in the areas effected by the spread of terrorism passed a difficult Christmas this year. Although the collapse of Islamic State (ISIS) in Northern Iraq and Syria enabled the local Christians to celebrate Christmas for the first time in the past few years, the torment that the Christian community has suffered from is far from disappearing from the minds. Approximately 150.000 Christians had to flee Iraq since 2014, and only 250.000 Christians are believed to remain in the country. The momentary euphoria caused by the collapse of ISIS, whose brutal rule did not leave any choice for the community other than conversion, heavy taxing, or death, left its place to apprehensiveness on Christmas. Even though Christians seemed glad and thankful for being able to celebrate Christmas again at their burnt and ravaged churches, they were concerned about their future.
Abstract universalism, without determination, quickly becomes an arm of reducing differences. But the Universal in the Catholic sense is that of the communion. Communion is only possible if differences are respected. It is necessary to know if the Universal should extend itself in the sense of globalisation (everybody having the same computers, nothing being transmitted without digitalisation or adaptation to the dimensions of a container), or well if it has the sense of the Catholic Universal. The model of the trinitarian communion shows that difference resides even in God himself, and that in God there is a community. By the Trinity, Catholicism escapes from the monotheistic violence.