Middle East Patriarchs Meet Diplomats : Call for Wiping Out Terrorists

Via OCP News:

BEIRUT (CNS) — Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups.
The patriarchs met Aug. 27 at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations’ special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the U.N. Security Council.
“The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries — notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt — where they have been exposed to heinous crimes, forcing them to flee,” the patriarchs said in a statement after the summit and meeting with diplomats.
They lamented the indifference of both Islamic authorities and the international community over attacks against Christians, who have been in the region for 2,000 years.
“What is painful is the absence of a stance by Islamic authorities, and the international community has not adopted a strict stance either,” the patriarchs said.
“We call for issuing a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) that forbids attacks against others,” they said.
“The international community cannot keep silent about the existence of the so-called ISIS,” the patriarchs said, referring to the Islamic State. “They should put an end to all extremist terrorist groups and criminalize aggression against Christians and their properties.”
The prelates’ meeting was a follow-up to their first summit Aug. 7. It also follows a trip by several of them to Irbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region, to give moral and spiritual support to the flood of Iraqi minorities driven from the Ninevah Plain by the Islamic State militants.
The prelates stressed the need for cutting off the sources of terrorism and called on the world’s major powers to deprive extremist groups of resources by compelling countries financing them to stop their support.
Solutions to the Islamic State crisis must involve “dealing with the reasons that produced the miseries in the Middle East,” and harmony must be restored between the components of these countries, they said.
“The international community must act and eradicate” the Islamic State, the patriarchs said. “This is required from the United Nations and the U.N. Security Council.”
“We must stop using extremists, terrorists and mercenaries and (stop) supporting, financing and arming them,” they said.
They also stressed “the necessity of working to liberate the towns of Ninevah and facilitate the return of the displaced to their homes, in addition to ensuring the security of these towns with local and international guarantees to prevent displacement.”
The patriarchs denounced the “bleeding” that continues in Syria and said the conflict there must be solved by “dialogue and through a political solution.” They criticized the international community for not resolving the April 2013 kidnapping of two Orthodox bishops in Syria.
The prelates applauded the region’s Christians, who “are committed to the values of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ” exemplified in their relationships with others, “including their Muslim brothers, who live with them in the same nations.”

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4 thoughts on “Middle East Patriarchs Meet Diplomats : Call for Wiping Out Terrorists

    • The only reason why there has been no action from formerly Christian nations is because they have rejected God and made their atheism manifest by the embrace of homosexual “marriage” religious indifferentism, cultural marxism, and liberalism among other things.

      Destroy the atheists, and Christendom can confront Islam. Keep the secularists in power, and see Islam, which has an ideology bent on world-conquest, retains ascetic practices, and has abundant birthrate, trample everyone else under their false religion.

      • @”ioannes”, I thought you went with the SSPX? 😉 Yes, we actually live more in an anti-Christian deist-like culture these days, a sort of renaissance humanism like “Francis”, the deist-pope! It does not fully reject God In Christ, but presents a god who appears irrelevant, save for ritual.

  1. THE PROBLEM WITH THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF THE MIDDLE EAST, I.E. THE FORCED EMIGRATION OF ALL CHRISTIANS, IS THE FACT THAT THE CHRISTIANS THEMSELVES DO NOT TURN TO GOD FOR HELP BUT THEY TRY TO DO THINGS THEIR OWN WAY. WHEN ARE WE AS CHRISTIANS GOING TO FOLLOW WHAT WE PREACH AND ASK GOD FOR HIS HELP THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR?

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