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Friday, July 25, 2014

Greek Orthodox Church Condemns Attacks on Christians in Mosul


The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate Wednesday condemned the attacks on Mosul's Christians, calling on states funding extremist organizations to stop immediately.

"We strongly ... condemn the attacks against the Christians of Mosul," a statement by the Patriarchate said, "and the exerted coercion forcing them to change their belief, pay a tax or leave their homes, while having their properties confiscated."

"These fundamentalist movements," the statement added, "are the most dangerous for ... coexistence."
The statement called on states that provide fundamentalist groups with any direct or indirect foreign support to "immediately stop all forms of material, logistic, military and moral support," saying that the terrorist groups threaten "the people and peace of those states first."

"Christians and Muslims are two lungs of one Eastern body," the Patriarchate said, "and we condemn anything that harms the reputation of the forgiving Islamic religion, with which we have experienced the peace and fraternity."

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