Monday, September 30, 2013
The Judas countries of the USA, UK, France and others have achieved their objective of destroying Christians and Christianity in Syria and Iraq ...
and they would have achieved the same in Egypt too if not for the strong opposition from secular Egyptians who not only drove the West's agents, the Muslim Brotherhood into the ground, they told the USA in no uncertain terms to bugger off and leave them alone.
Michael Carl writing at WND:
Christian community fleeing Syrian crisis. Islamic insurgency may change character of region. Church leaders in Syria are expressing dismay at the large number of Christians who are fleeing the country under the threat of Muslim jihadists linked to al-Qaida who are trying to overthrow the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The flight of Christians is a rerun of Iraq a decade ago, when Saddam Hussein was removed from power, and will similarly change the character of the region, the church leaders say.
Father Nicola Antiba and his Chaldean Catholic counterpart Pope Raphael Sako both issued statements decrying conditions forcing Syria’s Christians to leave their native country.
Neither Syrian Christian leader could be reached for comment.
Western human rights groups report that the pressure on Syrian Christians to leave their homeland is becoming intense. International Christian Concern Middle East analyst Todd Daniels says Syria’s Christians live with daily threats.
“For many of them the immediate threats have forced them to leave as they are being threatened by opposition groups who have taken over the villages,” Daniels said.=
Daniels said a Syrian church leader told him recently of how rebels came into a village and began calling out names using the loudspeakers of the mosques. The Christians were given 48 hours to leave.
“We are continuing to hear stories from Syria of forced conversions or killings by those who did not convert,” he said. “It is these existential threats that are leading Christians to flee.”
Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra confirmed that the Syrian bishops have a reason for concern.
“Over 2 million people, many of them Christians, have been forced to flee the country. Many of them are in refugee camps along the borders with such countries as Turkey and Lebanon,” Dykstra said.
Dykstra noted that Christians used to make up 8 percent of Syria.
But he noted the targeting of Christians in the Middle East is nothing new. He cited a Pew report said that in the 20th century, Christians once made up 20 percent of the region’s population. Now it is an estimated 4 percent.....
The Catholic Patriarchs of the East: the Arab Spring has turned into fire and sword. In November, a summit with Papa Francesco.
On Friday 27 September, the Council of Catholic Patriarchs of the East met in the seat of the Maronite Patriarchate in Bkerké (Lebanon) for a shared reflection in front of the seizures that disrupt the Middle East region, putting at risk the future of the Christian communities of apostolic tradition rooted in that area. The meeting, hosted by the Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rai and cardinal, was attended by among others, the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael I Louis Sako, the Greek-Melkite Patriarch Gregoire III Laham, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Yunan Yusuf and the Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX. In his opening, the Patriarch Rai has referred to the Ordinary Synod on the Middle East held at the Vatican in October 2010, noting that it was the end of that Synod "coincided with the beginning of the Arab Spring.
Unfortunately, "said the Maronite Patriarch" that Spring has turned into winter, fire and sword, in massacres and destruction, just as the people aspired to a new life and reforms, in the universe of globalization. " Today more than ever - continued the cardinal Lebanese - "this region needs the Gospel of Jesus, that of peace, truth, brotherhood and justice, because if the world loses the Gospel, know a situation of destruction, such as that we live in today. " The Patriarch Rai has also reported that the Catholic Patriarchs of the East will gather in Rome for a meeting with Pope Francis "which will take place in November and which will be joined by representatives of the Orthodox Churches." Sources of the Maronite Church confirms to Fides that the meeting between the Pope and the Catholic Patriarchs is scheduled for November 22, after the plenary assembly of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. In meetings with the Pope and his collaborators, the Catholic Patriarchs of the Middle East, together with the major archbishops who lead the other teams of the Eastern Catholic Church, will draw the attention of pastoral and canonical questions such as the election of bishops in the Eastern Catholic Churches . The summit will also provide an opportunity to reflect on the future of Christians in the Middle East in an effort to outline criteria for discernment ministry shared in front of the conflicts affecting the region, from the tragedy of Syria. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 09/28/2013).