MECC stands in solidarity with Iraqi Christians

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MECC stands in solidarity with Iraqi Christians

Beirut-Abouna

The Middle east Council of Churches (MECC) general secretary issued the following statement:

In the midst of the painful events that are sweeping across Syria, Palestine and Iraq, and what the Christians in Mosul are experiencing in particular, the Middle East Council of Churches joins the patriarchs and heads of the Churches in the East in their call to the international community to take bold initiatives and stand against this fierce attack on the peace-loving Christians of Iraq who remained steadfast in the land of their fathers and forefathers where Christianity started, indeed, where culture and civilization have their origins. Therefore, the Council declares the following:

1- The MECC condemns all that the attempts to displace the Christians and others out of Mosul city and its surroundings in addition to the desecration of sacred places and the systematic attempts to change the cultural and religious image of a city known for its churches, monasteries that are open for dialogue and building the culture of love.

2- The MECC is in full solidarity with H.B. Patriarch Louis Sako and the prelates of all the Churches in Iraq. The Council endorses the Statement-Call of his Beatitude whereby he draws the attention of the world leaders to the threats and hardships that the government and the people of Iraq, Christians and Muslims, are facing with the attempts to change the image of Iraq as a cradle of civilizations.

3- The MECC calls upon all human and spiritual communities, Christian and Muslim, to exert pressure on their governments, and to voice out their concerns about what is going on today in Iraq, which, if not stopped immediately, will result in human calamities and wars and will affect even those who were behind it or have kept silent in face of it.

4- The MECC calls all believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to rescue all the people of Iraq, especially the Christians, who are deeply suffering as sheep taken to be slaughtered, while there appears to be no one to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.

5- The MECC reiterates its condemnation of the tragic events occurring in Syria and Palestine and declares that we can not stay silent about all that threatens the life and safety of the people. It is not permitted to violate human dignity or destroy lives of innocent children. In an era of openness and globalization, it seems that we are regressing to primitive era where human beings were predators and not brothers.

Beirut, July 21, 2014

Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh
General Secretary

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:20
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