Pope Francis has written to the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, about the tough the situation in Iraq and called to fight with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) that controlling large territories in north of Iraq and Syria. The letter was sent to Ban Ki Moon at August 9, and released during last Wednesday (Aug 13) and was published by Rightwing News
The letter condemns the violence in Iraq, and calls to the international community to act swiftly and decisively in order to stop the humanitarian disaster currently taking place in the country.
The letter as it was published by Rightwing News:
“It is with a heavy and anguished heart that I have been following the dramatic events of these past few days in Northern Iraq where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced to flee from their homes and witness the destruction of their places of worship and religious patrimony. Moved by their plight, I have asked His Eminence Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, who served as the Representative of my predecessors, Pope St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, to the people in Iraq, to manifest my spiritual closeness and to express my concern, and that of the entire Catholic Church, for the intolerable suffering of those who only wish to live in peace, harmony and freedom in the land of their forefathers.
In the same spirit, I write to you, Mr Secretary-General, and place before you the tears, the suffering and the heartfelt cries of despair of Christians and other religious minorities of the beloved land of Iraq. In renewing my urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, I encourage all the competent organs of the United Nations, in particular those responsible for security, peace, humanitarian law and assistance to refugees, to continue their efforts in accordance with the Preamble and relevant Articles of the United Nations Charter.
The violent attacks that are sweeping across Northern Iraq cannot but awaken the consciences of all men and women of goodwill to concrete acts of solidarity by protecting those affected or threatened by violence and assuring the necessary and urgent assistance for the many displaced people as well as their safe return to their cities and their homes. The tragic experiences of the Twentieth Century, and the most basic understanding of human dignity, compels the international community, particularly through the norms and mechanisms of international law, to do all that it can to stop and to prevent further systematic violence against ethnic and religious minorities.
Confident that my appeal, which I unite with those of the Oriental Patriarchs and other religious leaders, will meet with a positive reply, I take this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurances of my highest consideration”.
It seems that the Catholic Church supporting war. Also, the Pope and the Church have understood that sometimes, peaceful methods are not useful against extreme terror organization like ISIS. More over, other terror organizations such as Hizballah, announced that if ISIS will attack them in Lebanon or Syria, they will declare war against them. Lebanese, Syrian and Iraqi armies already fighting against the extremists.