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Coptic Catholic Church: military intervention in Middle East cannot be justified

Catholic World News - September 03, 2013

An official of the Coptic Catholic Patriarchate in Egypt has told the Fides news agency that “no one can justify military intervention in the Middle East under the pretext of defending the Christians. This is now valid in Syria.”

“Even in the dramatic moment experienced by Egypt, the exploitation of those asking the international community to intervene under the guise of protecting the Christians affected by the sectarian fanaticism must be rejected,” added Father Hani Bakhoum, the patriarchate’s secretary. “As Pope Francis said, it will never be an armed intervention to open the path to true peace. War calls war, blood calls blood. Every action of that kind does nothing but worsen the situation.”

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  • Posted by: Defender - Sep. 03, 2013 10:45 AM ET USA

    Though not even Obama has mentioned the persecution of Christians across the Middle East (not that he would), this is an almost archetypical, however odd to Western ears, response by Christian clerics in the region.

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