Patriarch Sako to politicians: Waste no more time, the lives of Iraqis are in danger

2014-07-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio/Fides) Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has sent a Letter to the Members of Iraqi Parliament urging them to “waste no more time” in resolving the crisis that is devastating the nation.

The Patriarch – so reads his appeal - adds his "humble voice as Christian religious authority in Iraq" to the voice of all the Muslim authorities, begs them "to accelerate the elections of the three presidencies to save the country from the dangers of and disorganization and loosing" .

Below read the full text of Patriarch Sako’ Letter

Letter to the Members of Iraqi Parliament

Greeting:

In the time in which the dear Iraq is going in crisis of security and disorder, and every day is growing the numbers of dead bodies and the refugees, and the destructing is always bigger, we are adding our humble voice as Christian religious authority in Iraq to the voice of all the Muslim authorities: the honorable Shiites  and Sunnites, begging you to accelerate the elections of the three presidencies to save the country from the dangers of and disorganization and loosing.

It is national, historical and moral responsibility that is imposed on you; therefore, start in presenting some “giving ups”, and work hardly to elect the three presidencies very quickly because the lives of the Iraqis and the unity of Iraq is in danger.

We propose to Your Excellencies, to recite this prayer at the beginning of your meeting:

“God, help us that we may use the dialogue between us and that we may understand each other to resolve the misunderstanding between us, far from restriction and sectarianism. God help us to spread the peace and tranquility between our people, so that Iraq may come out from its problem victorious. Amen”.

We have a big hope and a high trust in you. We will remain, with millions of Iraqis, waiting with big patience to hear the good news.

Louis Sako

Chaldean Patriarch

 

(From archive of Vatican Radio)