Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

UN 'cannot stand by' during 'crime against humanity' in Mosul, says Chaldean Patriarch

Catholic World News - July 24, 2014

In an urgent message to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has said that the UN “cannot stand by and be a witness to the ongoing atrocities committed against Christians” in Iraq.

While thanking the UN leader for his public condemnation of the violence against Christians in areas controlled by the Islamic State, the Chaldean prelate asked for energetic international pressure to stop the persecution. He emphasized that “the militants want to wipe out the Christian community.”

“The instability in Iraq threatens the entire region,” the Patriarch reminded the UN leader. He pleaded for diplomatic action to end the violence, and to ensure that Iraq’s government respects the rights of minorities.

In a separate message, the Chaldean Patriarch joined with the Christian leaders of Mosul in statement expressing shock and pain at “what happened to the innocent Christians of Mosul because of their religious affiliation.” Citing the statement by Ban Ki-moon, the Church leaders said that the violence in Mosul was “a crime against humanity.”

“We are waiting for practical acts to reassure our people, not for statements of condemnation and denouncement,” the Church leaders said.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($26,911 to go):
$150,000.00 $123,088.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Defender - Jul. 24, 2014 9:17 PM ET USA

    Sure the UN (and the US) can - they haven't even mentioned the Christian towns that underwent ethnic cleansing in Syria, Iraq is just another blip on the map for them. If those roles were reversed, things would be different.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Denial of Service Attack: Success! 0 hours ago
Federal debt as a social-justice concern 2 hours ago
Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle December 18
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed December 18
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? December 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17