27 October 2014, The Tablet

Act now to prevent genocides in Middle East, Parolin urges UN

On Monday Pope Francis expanded the agenda of a consistory on the causes of saints – including that of Goa native and evangeliser of Sri Lanka, Blessed Joseph Vaz – to include discussion of the ongoing Middle East crisis. 

The centrepiece of the discussion that followed was an address by the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who presented a summary of the early October meeting of apostolic nuncios to the countries of the region. On the question of the use of force to protect Christians and other victims of persecution, Cardinal Parolin said: “In this regard, it was stressed repeatedly that it is licit to stop the unjust aggressor – always, however, in a manner consistent with international law, as the Holy Father has also affirmed.” 

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