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Moscow Patriarchate blasts terrorist acts in Iraq on Sunday

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    Moscow Patriarchate blasts terrorist acts at six Christian churches in Iraq on Sunday ITAR-TASS 02.08.2004, 01.48 MOSCOW, August 2 (Itar-Tass) - The Moscow
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      Moscow Patriarchate blasts terrorist acts at six Christian churches
      in Iraq on Sunday

      ITAR-TASS
      02.08.2004, 01.48



      MOSCOW, August 2 (Itar-Tass) - The Moscow Patriarchate has condemned
      terrorist acts at six Christian churches in Iraq on Sunday, calling
      them a provocation aimed at stirring up a world religious conflict.

      A series of coordinated blasts rocked four churches in Baghdad and
      two in Mosul on Sunday, injuring about 60 people in the first attacks
      targeting the country's Christian minority there.

      "An outrage was committed, in which people were killed and wounded,"
      the deputy head of the foreign affairs department of the Russian
      Orthodox Church told Tass.

      "And, what is particularly dangerous, an attempt was made to
      transform the situation in Iraq and around it into a religious
      conflict," Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin stressed.

      "Up till now, even in the most acute conflicts across the world, the
      warring parties have tried not to carry out combat operations near
      churches at the time of a church service," he stressed. He recalled
      that recently mosques were blasted during a service, and now the
      terrorist act has targeted several Christian churches.

      Chaplin said "those who committed that crime obviously want to bring
      Christians against Muslims not only in Iraq, where they have lived in
      peace, but also on a global scope."

      He believes "it is necessary to stop the instigator terrorists and
      with a renewed vigour launch an open and sincere dialogue between
      different religions, aimed at a peaceful and just settlement of
      contradictions existing in the world."


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