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Patriarchs in call to prevent national disintegration

10 July 2014 | by Ellen Teague | Comments: 0

Three Eastern Catholic patriarchs and two Orthodox patriarchs issued a statement on 1 July urging “the world to prevent Iraq’s disintegration and save its people from the scourge of a devastating war”. The patriarchs also “called upon the international community to preserve Iraq’s civilisations, including the deep-rooted Christian civilisation. The statement was released at the opening of their Holy Synod, in Lady of Balamand Convent in north Lebanon, against a background of spiralling violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused massive displacement of people. The Iraqi Government in Baghdad has lost control of vast swathes of the north of the country to Sunni Muslim terrorists. The patriarchs urged Christian communities to try “to cling on to their land ....... ....... ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........ ........

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