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Image at top: In Saidnaya, Syria, 2009

Image at bottom: At a meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders, Damascus May 2013 (On the left of the Mufti of Syria is Ms Mairead Maguire, Irish Nobel Peace Laureate, and on his right is Gregory 3rd Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church)


POPE FRANCIS RENEWS APPEAL FOR PEACE:  Pope Francis renewed his appeal for peace in Syria and throughout the world on Wednesday (04/09/2013), once again inviting Christians of every denomination, believers of every religious tradition and all people of good will to take part in the worldwide fast and vigil of prayer and penance for peace.  http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/09/04/pope-francis-renewed-appeal-for-peace/

World famous Palestinian Muslim doctor urges people to join the pope and raise our voices against war

POPE FRANCIS: The Pope made an announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer this Sunday last that September 7th, 2013 will be designated a worldwide day of prayer and fasting for peace in Syria, the region and the world. http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/09/01/pope-a-day-of-prayer-for-peace-in-syria-and-in-the-world/

VATICAN: The Vatican’s daily on Tuesday (27/08/2013) blasted western powers for preparing possible military action against Syria despite an ongoing UN investigation into an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus…. “Various international actors appear no longer to consider the investigation a determining factor.” 27/08/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/27/vatican-blasts-possible-armed-intervention-in-syria/  

VATICAN at the UNITED NATIONS: Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of Holy See to the United Nations stated that “There should not be a judgement until there is sufficient proof”…… “What immediate interest would the government in Damascus have in causing such a tragedy?”…… “Experience has shown with Iraq and Afghanistan that armed intervention does not bring any constructive results,” he said. 22/08/2013  http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/22/vatican-urges-caution-over-syria-chemical-arms-claims/

PRESIDENT OF CARITAS (Catholic Aid Agency) SYRIA: “If there is an armed intervention, that would mean, I believe, a world war.” Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, Antoine Audo. 26/08/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/26/syrian-bishop-warns-intervention-could-spark-world-war/

MELKITE GREEK-CATHOLIC PATRIARCH: “Democracy is built with peace. U.S. attack is a criminal act”……. “Every day – he explains – Islamic extremists from all over the world are pouring into Syria with the sole intent to kill and not one country has done anything to stop them, even the U.S. has decided to send in more weapons.” http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/28/gregory-iii-democracy-is-built-with-peace-u-s-attack-is-a-criminal-act/

SYRIAC CATHOLIC PATRIARCH: Syrian Catholic Patriarch Youssef III Younan “We Syrian Christians, sold by the West for oil.”… In the days when discussing military intervention, the patriarch once again criticizes “the cynical and machiavellian politics” of powers in these two and a half years they have armed the rebels, only to realize that there can be no military solution to the crisis.” 26/08/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/26/we-syrian-christians-sold-by-the-west-for-oil/

MARONITE CATHOLIC PATRIARCH OF LEBANON & THE MIDDLE EAST: The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Rai “there is a plan to destroy the Arab world for political and economic interests” 24/08/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/24/cardinal-rai-christians-always-pay-the-highest-price-in-mideast-conflicts/

ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCH: Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX said that “past experiences in Iraq, Afghanistan and Serbia taught us later through the disastrous results that it left, that ill-considered hasty and inadequate decisions left devastation, homelessness and impacted negatively on those who took the resolution,” …… “Please think carefully before taking action as you cannot imagine the disastrous consequences” 02/09/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/09/02/armenian-catholic-partiarch-regret-in-hindsight-does-not-help-anyone/

LATIN PATRIARCH JERUSALEM: The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal said “Why declare war when UN experts have not yet delivered the definitive findings on the chemical nature of the attack and the formal identity of its agents?  We witness here logic reminiscent of the Iraq war preparation in 2003.”……. “With what legitimacy do they dare attack a country?  Who appointed them as ‘policemen of democracy’ in the Middle East? ” http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/30/patriarch-twal-attack-syria-on-what-authority/

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH: Russian Orthodox Church strongly criticised the US position, which is “completely one-sided.”…. “Once again, as was the case in Iraq, the United States is acting as an international executioner” said Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Department for External Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate…… “Without the endorsement of the United Nations, they want to decide the fate of a whole country of millions of inhabitants.” 27/08/2013 http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/27/acting-as-international-executioners-the-us-is-sacrificing-muslims-and-christians-in-syria/

ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP JERUSALEM: Archbishop Theodosios (Atallah Hanna) of Sebastia Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, “we appeal to all those of goodwill and good intentions in this world to work to prevent any military action against Syria because this will bring more destruction and devastation, murder and the fall of innocent people.” ……”Syrians are the ones who decide the fate of their country without any foreign intervention.” 26/08/2013  http://orontes.jimdo.com/2013/08/26/we-reject-any-military-intervention-in-syria/


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