Chaldean patriarch calls for stopping violence, rebuilding the state

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Chaldean patriarch calls for stopping violence, rebuilding the state

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Time “is running out” and Iraq’s serious problems require "wisdom and a sense of responsibility" so that leaders can take "courageous actions" to lead the country “out of the crisis,” writes Chaldean Patriarch Card Louis Raphael Sako in a message to AsiaNews, highlighting the concerns of the local church over the country's political situation.

In his note, the prelate calls for the creation of a "joint crisis unit" to “stop the bloodshed” and lead the country “back to normality", building a "strong state with solid foundations.”

In his message, the Chaldean patriarch says that the protests are reaching the end of their second month and continue to be "unprecedented" in terms of “size, variety of participants and quality of demands.”

Their scope has proven to be such as to become a sort of "national authority" that has upset the lives of citizens, overwhelmed the government and hit a nation already "exhausted by wars, debts and political problems.”

Finally, Card Sako calls again on political elites to build a state that "controls resources, protects citizens and upholds their rights", that "fights corruption" and reclaims "looted riches", that does not harm citizens nor persecute those who tell the truth.

"As a Church we are monitoring the situation with great concern and pray that this crisis can be resolved soon and in a positive manner.”

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 11:10
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