“Indifference And Inaction” On Middle East “A Scandal”

ICC Note: It is like Pilate washing his hands before Jesus was taken to be crucified, a church leader from the Middle East said. As the war in Syria is now in its fifth year and Christians in the region have been decimated, the world is still unsure of what to do and so little has been done to bring about an end to the conflict.

04/30/2015 Syria (Vatican Radio) The centuries-old coexistence of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle East is experiencing a “true and real dismantling”, according to Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the Prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches.

The Cardinal was speaking on Wednesday at a symposium in Bari organized by the Community of Sant’Egidio, with the theme “Christians in the Middle East: What Future?”.

He compared the “indifference and inaction” of the international community to the tragedies which have for years “consumed” Syria and Iraq to the washing of Pilate’s hands before the crucifixion of Christ.

Although he acknowledged the complexity of finding a solution to the crisis – including those touching on the internal relations of the different elements of the Muslim faithful – Cardinal Sandri said it was “a scandal” that vested interests and balance-of-power politics is being put before the survival of people.

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