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New Zealand’s bishops welcome decision to send troops to Iraq

February 24, 2015

New Zealand’s bishops have welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s decision to send troops to Iraq.

“Pope Francis has said that it is ‘licit to stop an unjust aggressor,’” said Cardinal John Dew. “If by providing training to the Iraqi army we can assist them to stop the aggressor in their land, then as a matter of promoting the common good we should provide that assistance.”

“We urge Christians to pray unceasingly for the people of the Middle East and we pray for global leaders in their efforts to stop those who inflict this brutality on others,” he added.


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Feb. 25, 2015 2:18 PM ET USA

    New Zealand bishops: Get ready for lots of funerals for your soldiers, and you might also want to start up a Wounded Warriors campaign now to take care of the soldiers who return maimed, crippled, and traumatized for the rest of their lives. Get ready for blowback coming to New Zealand also.