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Jerusalem’s Christian leaders release Easter message

Catholic World News - April 20, 2011

The joy of the Resurrection is muted by the suffering of the Middle East’s Christians, Jerusalem’s Christian leaders said in their annual Easter message.

“Christians find their joy is secure in the hope of the promise of eternal life which our Lord has won for all who believe,” the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant leaders said in their joint message. “However, when we in Jerusalem, the city of redemption, see the suffering of our Christian brothers and sisters in Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere in our region our joy becomes more solemn. We find sadness competes with the joy of Easter as we witness the violence which has erupted in the face of peaceful demonstrations by people throughout the Arab world these past months.”

“We Christians are watching in prayer the developments in the Middle East,” they added.

“We also pray that the reforms would lead to modern civil society where freedom of expression, freedom of religion, human rights--including the rights of those who are considered being a minority in numbers--are respected. We call upon all people of faith and good will to pursue peace while at the same time we recognize that peace cannot be bought at the price of silence and submission to corruption and injustice.”

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