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Vatican prelate: world must act to defend, help Iraq’s Christians

August 29, 2014

Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, has told Vatican Radio that the world must act to defend Christians and other religious minorities persecuted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“It would be the same thing as when Hitler killed the Jews, and afterwards many said, ‘No, no, we did not know anything.’ It is total hypocrisy,” he said. “We must do something.”

“Unfortunately, in Europe we have so many problems, so we are selfish and only think of ourselves, and very little about others,” he added. “However, our problems are relatively small compared to those of the Iraqi people, who are fleeing to avoid being slaughtered.”


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Aug. 31, 2014 10:04 AM ET USA

    “It would be the same thing as when Hitler killed the Jews...." And if memory serves me well, it took WW II to end the Teutonic lunatics' plans. Can we still muster that kind of resolve and fortitude to end the Mohammedan lunatics' plans?

  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 29, 2014 12:13 PM ET USA

    If "28% of US parishes have more than $1M in revenue" and they aren't spending it on parishioners out of work, their school or sending up to the bishop so he can spend it on his traveling or new cathedral or whatever, then maybe it can be used "to do something."