· The Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans on the massacre in the Karrada district ·
Terrorism has “nothing to do with religion”, but “may be linked to political games that allow killing Muslims, Christians, Mandaeans and Yazidis as ‘infidels’”.
Such crimes deny the values of religion and lead their perpetrators “to hell rather than to heaven”. These significant words were spoken by H.B. Louis Raphaël I Sako, Patriarch of Babylon for Chaldeans, in his speech to participants of the prayer vigil held in recent days at the Chaldean parish in Karrada, the district of Baghdad where on July 3, suicide bombers carried out one of the bloodiest massacres in recent Iraqi history, with more than 300 deaths, including many children. The attack was aimed specifically at the Shiite community, and marked a tragic end for Ramadan, the holy month that Muslims devote to fasting and prayer.
Sako expressed sorrow and solidarity with the victims’ families, condemning “these cruel acts that affected innocent people, stole the happiness of preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and converted it to a national mourning”. Everyone must recognize that if “politicians worked as one team, ISIS wouldn’t be able to “commit these crimes” and “tamper with the country's security and stability”. In the face of such a tragedy, the Patriarch added, “we are joining millions of Muslims in praying for the affected families that may God have mercy on the victims and bless the wounded with a speedy recovery”.
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