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Italian cardinal: 'truly effective' intervention needed to stop persecution in Iraq

Catholic World News - August 12, 2014

The president of Italian bishops' conference has told an interviewer that "the tragedy of 100,000 Christians fleeing the north of Iraq will be a shock and a wake-up call for us all."

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa told Corriere della Sera that Christians in the Middle East "sometimes pay the price of a detrimental identifical with the West that can fuel acts of violence-- which are always unjustifiable."

The Italian cardinal said that the persecution of Christians by Islamic militants in Iraq is "unacceptable and disgraceful in our day." He called for international action to protect religious freedom, adding his hope "that intervention will be truly effective."

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