WCC affirms appeal for peace in Syria from Patriarch Ignatius

By agency reporter
July 31, 2012

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has expressed appreciation for an appeal from the primate of the Antiochian Greek Orthodox Church, who has called upon all Syrians to “work together in order to achieve peace and stability in Syria.”

In his message, Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch and All the East said that “countless numbers of Christians and Muslims are victims of the violence; the hospitals are full with injuries, and the pain is endless. Syrians, in spite of their religious backgrounds, have the right to live in their country with pride and dignity.”

The WCC acting General Secretary Georges Lemopoulos shared the spirit of the call expressed by the primate, saying, “In critical times like these, we join churches in Syria in prayers for peace."

He added: "We join our voices in the appeal from Patriarch Ignatius, in which he urged the United Nations and the international community to support Syrians in their struggles for justice.”

* Read full text of the message from Patriarch Ignatius IV (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat file) - http://lists.wcc-coe.org/c.html?ufl=8&rtr=on&s=jazjt,ggx8,usx,c9um,2an7,...


Keywords:Syria | middle east
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