Moscow Patriarchate blasts terrorist acts in Iraq on Sunday
- Moscow Patriarchate blasts terrorist acts at six Christian churches
in Iraq on Sunday
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."