By Theodore Shoebat
Syriac Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Vatican Radio what sort of havoc the Muslim jihadists in Iraq, who part of the ISIS movement, is causing for the native Christians, saying that they “have already threatened that if they don’t convert to Islam, all Christians will be murdered. It’s terrible! This is a disgrace for the whole international community,” he continued on to say:
Whom are they getting their weapons from? From these extremist nations in the (Persian) Gulf, with the approval of Western political leaders because they need their oil. … We are in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon: We Christians weren’t imported, we’ve been here for millennia and, therefore, we have the right to be treated as human beings and citizens of these countries
The Patriarch held a private conversation with Pope Francis on the phone, describing to him the horrors that the Christians are enduring. The Pope said that “he was following closely and with anxiety the plight of Christians”. According to one Catholic report, the Patriarch:
begged the pope “to continue intensifying efforts with the powerful of this world” and to warn them “that it is a mass purification based on religion which is underway in the province of Ninevah,” whose capital is Mosul.
In an email the Patriarch wrote these lamenting words to a Catholic news agency:
“What a shame for the silence of the so-called ‘civilized world”
The Patriarch told the Vatican to urge its diplomatic corps members to push their own nations to make “appropriate measures in order to prevent further killing and abusing of Christians and other minorities in the name of a religion.”
It is the duty of every Christian nation to protect the Church from her enemies. St. Paul prayed to God for “kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” (1 Timothy 2:2)
When Saul slaughtered and persecuted the priests of God, it was King David who told the last surviving priest, Abiathar,
Abide thou with me, fear not: for he that seeketh my life seeketh thy life: but with me thou shalt be in safeguard. (1 Samuel 22:23)
Let the nations of Christendom restore its long forgotten heritage, carry up the Cross and the sword, and cry out “Deus vult”, for the protection of the saints and the downfall of the heathen.