Thursday, October 21, 2010

Decimation of Christian Communities in the Middle East

Where’s the media coverage? Where's the concern about whole communities being wiped out?

From NewsReal Blog:
Raymond Moussalli, Vicar General of the Patriarchate of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Jordan.
There is a deliberate campaign to drive Christians out of the country. Fundamentalist extremist groups have satanic plans against Christians, not only in Iraq but throughout the Middle East. … We want to make the international community aware that it cannot remain silent in the face of the massacre of Christians in Iraq, and to encourage countries of Catholic tradition to do something for Iraqi Christians, beginning with placing pressure on their own governments. We are experiencing a catastrophic moment, with the emigration of families and the loss of our people who still speak the Aramaic language spoken by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Archbishop Boutros Marayati of Aleppo of the Armenians, Syria.
For the past hundred years, emigration or violent deportation have continued to occur from the East. … Are we waiting for the day where the world as a spectator amidst the indifference of the Western Churches will sit back and watch the ‘Death of the Christians of the East?’ Despite the crises and difficulties that face our Christian life and our ecumenical relations, we still ‘believe, hoping against every hope’.
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