Dr. Ramsay Dass M.D. President of the American Middle East Christians Congress addresses a gathering regarding the Middle East Christians and his fact finding mission to the Holy Land.

Honorable Congressman Dave Trout (R-Birmingham, MI) Member of House of Congress (member of committees on foreign affairs and Judiciary) on 22nd of June invited the president of American Middle East Christians Congress in Troy, MI to address a large gathering of community members, Politicians and religious leaders regarding his fact finding mission to the Holy Land and the Plight of the Middle East Christians especially in Iraq, Dr. Dass’s speech was well received and followed by multi level discussions with the gatherings.

Dr. Dass would like to thank Honorable Congressman Dave Trout for giving him the opportunity to address this large gathering and he wants to thank congressman Trout for his input and his full support to the Middle East Christians.

Honorable congressman Trout promised the gathering that he will continue his support to the Middle East Christians in their civic, civil rights, protect and preserve their religious freedom and return to their areas that they were forced emigrate.

HOLY LAND FACT-FINDING MISSION BY PRESIDENT DR. RAMSAY F. DASS, MD

MAY 22, 2015 TO MAY 31, 2015

June 21, 2015

 

 

From May 22-31, 2015, Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, MD, President of the American Middle East Christians Congress, traveled to the Holy Land on a fact-finding mission, pilgrimage, and analysis of the political, social, and religious welfare of the Middle East Christians therein.  

 

Background of the Mission

 

This mission was undertaken with an open-mind and without prejudice to the political and historical events that have taken place in this land for thousands of years and continue to occur. It took into consideration the historical and spiritual guidance of the Old and New Testament of the Bible, the building, destruction, and re-construction of Christian houses of worship that have been built over the past 2,000 years, and the word-of-mouth history of the native peoples regarding the sites of the birth, crucifixion, and post-crucifixion of Jesus Christ until He ascended to Heaven. The mission began in Bethlehem and ended in Jerusalem.

 

During this mission, I depended upon my guides, who were intellectually familiar with the contents of the Bible regarding the spiritual and historical importance of these holy places, as well as with members of different faiths--spiritual, political, and social--in the Holy Land.

 

I crisscrossed the Holy Land region beginning with Bethlehem and ending in Jerusalem. I studied the spiritual, historical, and political ramifications on the region's historical sites--churches or other places--and the effect on these places through several events in history: the Jewish and Roman authority at the time of Jesus Christ; invaders, such as the Babylonians, Persians, Byzantines, Muslims, and Crusaders; the Islamic re-taking of the Holy Land by Saladin and his army and the Mamalik and Ottomon Empires, and the British mandate leading to the creation of Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

 

Findings

 

Throughout all these events in history, a sizeable segment of the native Holy Land Christians have withstood the time and pressure either to emigrate and/or convert.

 

In the past, many villages and cities, the Christians constituted a high percentage of the population, but have now become negligible in numbers, constituting less than 2% in some areas.

 

Cities such as Bethlehem, where Christians constituted 80% at one time, now has only less than 12% of the same. Such reductions in percentage is due to multiple factors: invasions of the land by outsiders, Christian families limiting their families to few children (two to three in many cases) while Jewish and Muslim families had multiple children; and voluntary or forced emigration due to political, economic, or social pressure. Many Christian families, especially in Bethlehem, now have been affected by the security wall that was built almost ten years ago.

 

 Observations

 

Throughout my visit and conversations with the native Holy Land Christians that have stood the test of time, I learned that their legal status has changed and continues to change because of the 1948 war, 1967 war, and the establishment of the wall that runs through many of their neighborhoods. I was very impressed with their pride and loyalty as Christians to the land. They have stayed to preserve Christians and Christianity. But at the same time, I could see their despair and frustration, especially in Bethlehem and surrounding areas and Jerusalem, where the wall has divided their families, affected their social structure, and deprived them economically. The political strife, especially in the Palestinian area, has reduced tourism, which is the Christians' main source of their livelihood.

 

Some small villages with a Christian majority are suffering more with direct and indirect religious intolerance of other faith. They face encroachment of their villages by members of other faiths and culture who have forced them to sell their homes and land at deflated prices and to leave their village or town and for other areas outside the Holy Land, such as South America, North America, or Europe, where an estimated six million Palestinian Christians have now lived and done well for generations.

 

Historically, almost all the churches were destroyed by the Persians in 614 A.D. and later by Saladin and his troops in 1187 A.D. Many were converted into mosques or had mosques built adjacent to or on top of them. In the Post-Saladin era, the European church leadership came back to the Holy Land to re-build, re-vitalize, or improvise on the Christian holy sites. Today, most of the Holy Land Christian landmarks were built are well-preserved due to the efforts of the Byzantine authority, such as Queen Helena or Emperor Constantine, as well as the influx of the Crusaders and the support of European Christians, beginning with the Church of the Nativity, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and others.

 

Today, many of these churches, especially the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, are divided internally by major and minor Christian religious leaders and denominations, with significant political, and social strife among them. You can find spots where the Orthodox can worship, the Latin can worship, and to a lesser extent where smaller denominations, such as Coptic and Ethiopian denominations, can worship.

 

 Jerusalem is the center of the hierarchy of the Christian leadership. Whether Latin, Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, or Evangelical, these hierarchies for many decades and centuries have been disunited and disenfranchised and have squibbled with each other, even today but to a lesser degree. Even in a city such as Old Jerusalem, the Armenian and Latin Christians occupy two distinct quarters, while the other two quarters are occupied by the Arab Muslims and the Jews. This has upset the faithful and intellectual, as well as ordinary Christians in the Holy Land.

 

Some of these hierarchies have dealt negatively with the wealth of property they own. They have sold this property to members of other faiths or organizations for a high profit, but that profit has not matriculated to the welfare of their parishioners or communities. Such sales have affected the geography of the holy places, such as where mosques are built across from the Church of the Nativity or adjacent to the Church of Lazarus in Bethany. Until today, some of the Christian houses of worship are under the Muslim authority, such as the Chapel of the Ascension, where you must pay Muslim authorities to enter these areas. The gate to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is still in the hands of a Muslim family that opens and closes the church as was agreed during Saladin's time. This was one of the most puzzling and saddest observations of our visit.

 

We left the Holy Land with fear that the native Holy Land Christians will sooner or later be extinct, and their holy places run over by the Israeli, Palestinian, or European Christian organizations.

 

Positive Developments

Some Christian organizations, such as the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), through the tireless efforts and sincere actions of its president, Sir Rateb Rabie, and its board of directors, are working diligently to reverse some of these events by building preservation centers, such as a mid-size Holy Land Inn in Bethlehem, where children and grand-children of Holy Land immigrants are brought and educated regarding their past and present culture in order to keep them familiar with their heritage and not to lose it. The HCEF has also been a site of visits by other non-Palestinian/Holy Land natives from Europe, America, and elsewhere to do the same. It has built a beautiful, up-to-date museum in Bethlehem that highlights past and present artifacts and the historical developments of the Holy Land and Palestinian Christians.

 

Many Christian ecumenical organizations, including The Vatican, have initiated programs to assist the Holy Land and Palestinian Christians through many ways, including through jobs, education, culture, and purchase of homemade Christian religious products that have been for thousands of years part of their culture. I hope these efforts are not too little, too late.

 

Recommendations

 

The Holy Land is rich with Christian holy places that are mentioned in the Bible and even places that are not mentioned in the Bible. These places include the birth, teachings, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we went through the process of touching the living stones that Jesus Christ and His followers took, we experienced the most the fulfilling aspect of my trip. You feel the pain and agony Jesus Christ felt the last few days of his ministry. I wish every Christian and non-Christian who is interested can experience such a mission and the teaching, pain, suffering, crucifixion, and resurrection, which can never be described in any poetic or simplistic way. One truly feels that the Holy Spirit is present there.

 

It is the political, spiritual, and social duty of the governments that govern the Holy Land and its holy sites to maintain and promote these Christian religious sites and the native Christians, who have no desire but to stay in the Holy Land to preserve the message of Christianity and be custodians to the sites and its people. Such preservation is financially, politically, and socially advantageous to them, as evidenced by the thousands of pilgrims to the Holy Land and the new conscience of western countries regarding the preservations of Christians and Christianity in the Holy Land.

 

In this Twenty-First Century, the Holy Land leadership should understand that the world within Christianity and moreso outside Christianity is changing with the rise of fanatics and religious zealots who reap havoc on the community, including by burning and desecration of churches as was the case with the Benedictine Monastery of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the Sea of Galilee (Tabgha) on June 18, 2015. They must develop the following:

 

1.      A council that speaks with one voice and one action directly and indirectly with the Israeli and Palestinian governments and that interacts closely with the interfaith and non-governmental organizations within these two entities;

 

2.      A permanent public relations office with local and western oriented public relations that communicates, informs, and educates every entity in the world instantly regarding any events, publications, or policies of the council in order to have better public relations and influence in the events in the Middle East; and

 

3.      A committee that continues dialogue with (a) other Middle East church leaders, (b) global Christian leadership, and (c) other world faith organizations.

 

Business cannot be as usual. The time is not usual. The Holy Land Christians are not asking, but rather demanding a change in the thinking and modus operandi of the church leadership that should change politically, culturally, and socially. There should be a sincere and courageous dialogue within the Holy Land Christian community, with leadership that is accessible to the community and a community vice versa with the courage to bring their feelings, attitudes, and proposals to the leadership.

 

 

Conclusion

 

In final analysis, I feel it is paramount to preserve the over 2,000-year journey for the Holy Land Christians and not to allow the political, religious, and social changes that are occurring to diminish them.

 

The Holy Land Christians have stood the test of time. We should help them stay and preserve Christians and Christianity in the Holy Land by supporting them politically, financially, and socially, and by appealing to the political powers, their religious affiliations, and to their non-governmental organizations to do the same.

 

Most importantly, we must appeal to the Christian hierarchy in Jerusalem to have a sense of unity with political, spiritual, and financial programs that act as one and assist the native Christians in the Holy Land. Otherwise, there will be a day all of us will regret.

 

After all, what is the Middle East without Christianity and the Holy Land without Christians?

 

 

Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, MD

President, American Middle East Christians Congress

www.middleeastchristian.org or www.amecc.us

Office: (248) 546-9100

Cell: (248) 763-6006

 

 

You may visit our re-edited and revised Third Edition of our book, The Middle East Christians: The Untold Story, at www.middleeastchristian.org or www.amecc.us.

 

 

 

The Untold Story

By Ramsay F. Dass, MD

The untold story of those whose ancestors were the cradle of civilization, they built the pyramids, the hanging garden of Babylon, the Tower of Nimrod and the civilizing of rules and regulations by Nabght Nossr by the early astrology, math and science.

AMECC Panorama

 

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by Louis Raphael I Sako*
On the second anniversary of his election, the Patriarch appeals for the unity of the Eastern Churches and announces the formation of “a joint committee of dialogue”. He recalls the “joyful mission” to “witness” the Gospel “to the world today.” Finally, Mar Sako appeals for Christians to “remain” close to the suffering of “our displaced brothers and sisters of all denominations.”
Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Seeking “the unity of the Church of the East in all its branches”; the formation of a joint committee of dialogue”; because it is a Christian’s duty to foster “unity and be ecumenical” and the challenge of “unity in love”. This is the message that his Beatitude Mar Louis Raphael I Sako, wants to launch through AsiaNews two years after his election as Chaldean Patriarch, on 31 January 2013. In a pastoral letter published on the occasion of his second anniversary, Mar. Sako relaunches the commitment to ‘unity between the Churches of the East, often divided and marked by ancient conflicts and deep lacerations”. Our identity – he says – is an integral part of a Chaldean Catholic Church and the Universal Church, a mission and a joyful witness to the Gospel in today’s world”.

In the message, the Chaldean Patriarch warns against hiding behind the cloak “of nationalism, politics or partisanship” because “all this would lead the Church to lose its ecclesial Christian identity!”. He calls for unity “in the same vocational journey” and, in a difficult time, ensures that the Church “will emerge stronger and more pure.” Finally, Mar Sako appeals for people to “remain close to our forcefully displaced brothers from all denominations who are suffering, they are worried and scared”; and asks to pray “for the Church, for peace in Iraq and in the region”.

Here, below, the message sent to AsiaNews by the Chaldean Patriarch:

Beloved daughters and sons of the Chaldean Church, I would like to extend to you a message, in order to mark the second anniversary of the “Cross, which I carry, together with many other brothers and sisters “. I want to express my full love to you, those belonging to the Chaldean Church, and to all Iraqis of all faiths and affiliations.

During the past two years I have learned a lot from many of you, and I got to know many people. I have suffered a lot, and I have also benefited from the criticism, (lessons to learn).

First of all I want to thank all of those who contributed to my learning, for their understanding and their support for what was much accomplished and for the many doors of enlightenment were opened!

What happened -within our Chaldean Community Church- is the natural evolution of the Patriarchal succession, of carrying special existing circumstances of the times and present. The situation has coincided with the acceleration of events in the Iraqi arena and the region, such as comprised displacements, persecutions and emigration. There was no other way but to deal frankly if not squarely with the old and new serious circumstances; the situations in our Church were influenced by intellectual short sightedness, by a lack of spirituality and legal ethic, as well as by inappropriate upbringing. This was also triggered by a bizarre temper and human nature as well as by personal ambitions. We cannot exclude the local inheritance of certain concepts of power, which still reside in some persons from a certain unfortunate sense of tribal superiority and domination, with such mental stance happening instead of projecting a humble, faithful and generous ministry. However, we will persevere in adhering to Evangelical principles and Christian Hope; to transform our Chaldean church in a unified church together with its Clergy and faithful followers. We want this Chaldean Church to be neat and disciplined, powerful, influential but open to get influenced while carrying the principles of charity and transparency, respect for talents and diversity, searching for continuous betterment, and refusing a monolithic or single perspective, individually created here and there which can wrongly isolate entities in their attitude. The church is not a matter to gamble and isolation suicides!

Our Identity comprises A Universal Chaldean Catholic Church, a joyful mission and a witness to the Gospel for the world of today. This Church is not to follow exclusively behind nationalist, political or partisan acts because it would make the Church lose its Christian ecclesiastic identity! Thus we reassure everyone that these difficulties, challenges and pressures which we are facing, will not stop us from cleaning and regenerating the Chaldean Church. Therefor we will adjust its laws according to the canonical criteria and we will strengthen them as the Lord wants, as our people expect, and in the courageous footsteps of Pope Francis, sent by God as an opportune grace.

I do know my responsibility and its obligations, and I know that the administration create supporters and opponents, and the truth has the price, nevertheless I am ready to pursue to no end, since as I am depending on the blessing of God, as well as inspired by the Laws of the Church, while being supported by a sufficient Episcopal consensus as well as being also supported by the existence of a wide base of believers. I will cooperate with all people of good will, and with all churches, seeking in particular the unity of the “Church of the East” in all its branches. This should herald and show that a “joint dialogue committee” will be formed soon. A Christian should be unionist and ecumenical. Unity in love is a challenge!

In this New Year, I call on everyone to read deeply into the past, to learn the lessons shown to us with a degree of high spirituality and open a new page of relationship, free of prejudices. Naturally, rumors and gossiping are not to be believed in or followed; they are just a form of burning out oneself, and aiming to burn the church. I call all to work together as a team, without transforming divergent opinions into conflicts and huff; such an attitude would not worthy of our history and our priesthood in its various orders; let us live our priesthood as supreme message in accordance to the calling of Christ. Being together on the same vocational path, let us love our church and let us strive for its renaissance and for contributing to its resurrection. Let us pray for this intention. Whoever is praying is abiding in Christ. Spiritually it is a hard time for the church, but surely she will come out of it stronger and pure.

The consecration of two new bishops is a sign of renewed hope for the Chaldean Church.

At this time we have to stand strongly with our displaced people of all denominations who are suffering, worried, and frightened. Let us use all our possibilities to raise their spirits, and to nurture hope in their heart. Evil has no future. The storm will certainly pass. We are today, with our experience and belief change agents and active witnesses of Hope. We are guardian of our mission. We are carrying a history and message. Do not let this opportunity pass!

Pray for the church, for peace in Iraq and the region and for the relief of our displaced brothers and sisters through their rapid return to their homes and towns.

May our Lord bless all of you

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mar-Sako,-two-years-as-Chaldean-Patriarch:-Main-challenge-is-the-unity-of-the-Church-in-the-East-33327.html

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By Inés San Martín
Vatican correspondent
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad spoke during a July 22 news conference in Erbil, Iraq. (Reuters)
ERBIL, IRAQ—The top Catholic official in Iraq says the current US-led bombing campaign will not dislodge the radical Islamic State, and he is pleading for a stronger response from the international community to ensure Christians can remain in the region.

 

“Bombing is also killing people, destroying the infrastructure, houses, schools, churches,” said Patriarch Louis Sako, head of the Chaldean Catholic Church.

 

“There’s no military solution for the conflict, especially when there are no troops on the ground providing assistance,” he said.

 

Sako spoke to Crux in Iraq, during a 48-hour pilgrimage led by Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, archbishop of Lyon, France. Together with 100 of his flock, Barbarin traveled to Erbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, to spend the weekend with more than 400,000 people displaced by violence.

 

Sako, who leads 500,000 faithful, said the only way ISIS could be expelled is through cooperation between the international coalition led by the United States and the Iraqi central government.

 

He said that for many months “the world turned its back” to what was happening in Iraq and Syria, where almost a half-million Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities currently live in “crowded cabins or out in the open, in small tents that cannot shelter them from the cold winter.”

 

Sako said the presence of Christians in the Middle East is an unparalleled tool for peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.

 

“What’s going on in Iraq is a tragedy, and it’s an international moral duty to help those who are paying the price of fundamentalism to stay at home,” he said.

 

Sako said that without Christians, the region would lose important gifts.

 

“They’re an elite of very well-educated people that hope to remain in their country,” he said. “If they’re away, fundamentalist groups start running around the area. It’ll be just like it was when we had the Taliban.

 

For Sako, the French delegation’s visit had two meanings.

 

“They came to support the displaced families, to remind them that they’re not alone nor isolated,” he said, “and also to show with concrete action that they’re supporting us, praying for us.”

 

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The patriarch said the Church plays a key role in keeping the spirits of the refugees up. Sako, also president of Iraq’s conference of bishops, said he will not resign himself to seeing his country without Christians.

 

But to avoid that fate, he said it’s time to have all hands on deck. That includes the return of a dozen priests who fled the country after ISIS took possession of Mosul, Qaraqosh, and other cities with large Christian populations.

 

“We’re pastors, we should stay,” Sako said. “We have to take care of our flock. We’re consecrated people, we have to make sacrifices, give a good example.”

 

Nine of those priests have sought refuge in the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Peter based in the San Diego area.

 

Those priests have refused the call to go back, even when Sako declared them suspended for not respecting their vow of “obedience to their superiors.”

 

The Rev. Noel Gorgis told an ABC affiliate in San Diego in late October that returning to Iraq right now as a Catholic priest would be “suicide.” He said that if Francis orders him to do so he would comply, but “I don’t believe he’ll say go kill yourself.”

 

Sako isn’t backing down, saying simply “they have to come back.”

 

“They don’t have permission to stay away,” he said. “Five came back. Why are the others refusing to do the same? Seeing a priest leaving his parish, abandoning his flock creates confusion. This is not good.”

 

“A priest has given himself to the Lord and to service his people. He shouldn’t seek his freedom, his safety,” he said.

 

Though rare, there are examples of lay Iraqi Christians who have made the choice to come back.

 

Iraqi brothers Salwan and Nashwan Zaitor, together with their parents and most of their family, fled Iraq in 1993 and resettled in the Netherlands. While there, they founded Babylon Media Group and built a successful company abroad.

 

Though they were conscious of the rise in Christian persecution, they nonetheless decided to return home, along with their wives and children, in 2005. Today, Babylon Media, based in Erbil, has more than 240 employees.

 

“We’re probably the only case of Christians who, having left Iraq and built a successful life elsewhere, decided to come back,” Salwan said.

 

“We want to stay, because this is our place, where we belong,” he said. “God put us here. He wants us to remain here.”

 

It was because of Babylon’s technical support that thousands of refugees were able to watch a video message from Pope Francis Saturday in which he condemned the “inhuman violence” done to Christians and other religious minorities.

 

Another Christian leader in Iraq said the world is turning a blind eye to “genocide.”

 

“Two million Yazidis and Christians are in danger of being killed by ISIS,” said Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil.

 

Like Sako and the Zaitor brothers, Warda believes the situation here demands a global response.

 

“What’s happening is in Iraq and Syria, but it’s a global issue,” he said. “We have American citizens, British, Australians, and Dutch that are fighting for ISIS. The world has to get involved.”

 

Warda told Crux that the international involvement on the fight against the rise of the terrorist group should take a more committed shape, saying that “two or three years of fighting” won’t solve the problem.

 

When asked what ordinary Christians can do to show support, Warda said prayers are very important. He also encouraged people to send letters to Erbil as messages of hope for those living in the refuge centers.

 

“We’re receiving some, but many more should come,” he said. “A letter for Christmas or Easter would be a great gift for many.”

 

For those who can provide material support but don’t know how, Warda said there are many Catholic agencies currently funding projects, such as “Adopt a Refugee Family,” led by the Jesuits, or the different campaigns of “Aid to the Church in Need.”

 

“If you can help provide a warm night to a family that has lost it all, please, please, do so,” Warda said.

 

That show of solidarity is making an impact on Iraqis.

 

Salwan Zaitor, one of the Babylon Media brothers, was moved by the French delegation’s visit.

 

“We don’t need money as much as we need to know you’re here, with us,” he said, with tears in his eyes. “And that’s what they did: they came and prayed with us. I don’t remember anyone doing that before.”

 

http://www.cruxnow.com/church/2014/12/08/iraqs-top-catholic-opposes-bombing-insists-christians-must-stay/

 

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Britain’s Prince Charles, right, looks at gifts presented to him with Archbishop Habib of Basra, Iraq, during a visit to meet Iraqi Christians, in London (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

The Prince of Wales has said that he is concerned the world may be returning to “the dark ages of public executions”.

 

 

Speaking at a Catholic church service in west London, Charles said that we have a “duty of care” towards the families of those who are being executed on camera by terrorist groups in the Middle East.

 

“We hear much at present about the ‘duty of care’,” he said.

 

“Then, ladies and gentlemen, I am bound to ask whether there is not a duty of care towards the victims of violence and their families who, like you, are daily distraught by the graphic transmission of violent images of their loved ones.”

 

The church service at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Acton was for Chaldean Christians, a denomination of the Catholic Church that includes many Iraqis and Syrians.

 

There are approximately 4,000 Iraqi Chaldean Christians in the UK, and numbers have grown since the conflict with Iran in the 1980s.

 

More recently Christians in Iraq have come under attack from Isis militants who are trying to create a pure Islamic state in the country, and many have been attacked and forced to leave their homes.

 

Charles met Chaldean Catholics whose families are suffering because of persecution in Iraq.

 

Maijida Nissan, 64, has a brother and sister who still live in Iraq. She has lived in the UK for 29 years and has worked as a nanny.

 

Mrs Nissan thanked the prince for his work to draw attention to the plight of persecuted Christians, to which he responded with: “It’s the least I can do.”

 

She also said she was praying, and he replied: “We all do.”

 

Afterwards she said: “I am very happy that he came here, and thanks to God that he came here. God brings him here.”

 

 

Mrs Nissan’s brother’s house in Baghdad has been bombed twice, and he now lives with his family in a church in Erbil.

 

She said that his daughter, Meena, 11, had asked her to speak to the Royal family to tell them about her family’s plight.

 

In his speech to the congregation Charles said he felt strongly about the plight of persecuted Christians.

 

“I have been deeply distressed by the horrific scenes of violence and persecution coming out of your beloved Iraq.

 

“I know that many of those who have been killed or forced to flee are members of your own families.

 

“The pain and grief must be quite unimaginable as you see them persecuted because of their faith.”

 

He finished his speech by saying: “You can have no idea how much I feel for those who as I speak are suffering for their faith in such terrible circumstances.”

 

The prince also met Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director of Aid To The Church In Need, who support persecuted Christians worldwide, telling him: “You’re doing a fantastic job.”

 

Last month Charles released a video message to introduce the charity’s report about religious freedom, and in September he made a donation through the charity to support Iraqi Christians.

 

Archbishop of Basra Habib Jajou had come from Iraq to meet the prince.

 

He said: “We have to express our thanksgiving to him for the solidarity he has shown for our situation.”

 

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/regional/prince-charles-fears-return-to-dark-ages-1-6465135

 

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Iraq: Nineveh and surrounding Christian areas have been ethnically cleansed. Churches have been destroyed and desecrated.

Old Christian religious manuscripts have been burnt. Hundreds of thousands of Christians and others have become emigrants and immigrants.

The sick, elderly, infants, and pregnant women among them are facing human catastrophe and risk of real genocide.

They need basic water, food, shelter, medicine, and others. 

The situation is going from bad to worse. International humanitarian support is lagging behind. Please help us save these innocent people from death.

We hope it is not too late.

 

-His Beatitude Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon--8/7/2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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