The United States and the United Kingdom are being forced this month (March 2008) to reflect on the recent heritage of their military interventions. Who or what are we trusting in when we choose the way of the sword over the way of the Cross, asks Simon Barrow. Where does salvation lie?
Ahead of the fifth anniversary of the March 19 invasion of Iraq, the general secretary of the National Council of Churches (NCC) has reiterated the conviction held by many US churches that the war has been a ‘disastrous mistake’ and should be brought to an end.
The Methodist Church in Britain has said that on the fifth anniversary of the US and UK-led invasion of Iraq, governments must learn that a military response that seeks to exert control can easily bring further chaos.
Faith communities in Britain have been urged to ask the British government tough questions about abuses in Iraq and to seek a public enquiry to determine what has happened in the years succeeding the invasion and occupation.
Members of different faiths will gather in Friends House in central London on Saturday to discuss The Iraq War and Occupation: Ethics and Values with a leading lawyer who has horrifying uncovered evidence of British involvement in atrocities.
A Chaldean Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Iraq has been found dead, the news agency of Italian bishops' conference has reported. The SIR news agency says Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho was found dead near the Iraqi city of Mosul, where he had been abducted.
In the run up to the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, churches are reiterating their call for British troops to withdraw from the country and will join in a 'Christian Peace Witness for Iraq'
Church leaders in Britain, including Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, have continued to make private and public appeals for the release of Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahno, who was kidnapped recently in Baghdad.