Cardinal condemns persecution of Iraq Christians

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MANILA, August 25, 2014— Southern Philippines’ first cardinal has called for an end to violence against Christians in Iraq.

Refugees from Iraq fled their homes and now take shelter at the Syric-Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil, Iraq. (Photo: Aid to the Church in Need)

“I join the worldwide condemnation of the events in Iraq that has caused the persecution of Christians and minorities there,” Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato said over Church-run Radio Veritas.

In a radio interview, he expressed concern over the situation in Iraq, where religious minorities are being persecuted.

“I think I would neglect my duty as a religious leader not to condemn the Iraq situation as created by this fundamentalist radical group,” Quevedo added.

The cardinal pointed out that the use of force and violence to gain religious dominance is unjustifiable before both God and humankind.

“The time to use religion in the name of religious hegemony is long past the dialogue in the name of peace,” said Quevedo, who is known for his relentless advocacy of pushing for peace in Mindanao.

Two weeks ago, dioceses across the country held a day of prayer in response to the call of Pope Francis for Catholics to raise a voice of ceaseless prayer for restoration of peace in Iraq. (CBCPNews)

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