Middle East churches: ‘we are going back to the prehistory period’
July 31, 2014
The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC)-- a regional ecumenical body whose members include Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Protestant churches-- has issued a statement calling upon the international community “to take bold initiatives and stand against” attacks on Iraqi Christians.
The council of churches called upon “believers of all religions and people of good will to pray God to come for the rescue of people of Iraq, especially the Christians who are deeply suffering as if they are sheep taken to be slaughtered, and no one is there to advocate for their right for justice, mercy and life.”
MECC concluded its appeal with a condemnation of “the tragic events occurring in Syria and Palestine … We cannot stay silent about all that threatens the life and safety of the people. It is not permitted to violate the dignity and kill innocents and children. It seems as if in the era of openness and globalization, we are going back to the prehistory period where human beings were predators and not brothers.”
- Iraq, Syria, Palestine: The Middle East Council of Churches calls upon the International Community (Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem)