A TURNING POINT IN MIDDLE EAST - by Elisabetta Valgiusti
- Categoria: Salvaimonasteri
After a decade of disasters, Middle East is at a turning point. Following the worst destructions, a change is bound to happen. Rebuilding should finally start now. It's a hope, it's a wish. But how to rebuild the hearts, how to forget the atrocities, how to recover the confidence for co-living among different groups that fought each other? Will the defenceless Christians left there be able to live properly? Will they have any chance to be recognized and respected as equal citizens? Will the Ninevehites be ever effectively sustained to return home? Or they will stay dispersed in other areas after having lost everything but their dignity? The Christians might be definitively annihilated after a bi-millennial history of faith and witness. And it is such a thrilling surprise to read what the newly elected President Trump writes on his Facebook page and expresses all over "Christians in the Middle East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!" It sounds great good news. The change started. But Muslim majorities in Middle East and their groups elsewhere have to change their way of thinking that takes them to fight each other and includes the dhimmitude of the West or peace will be a chimera.
FREE NINEVEH - INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
- Categoria: Articoli e Documenti
The Oriental Patriarchs met in Erbil in northern Iraq on August 19, 2014. Their message highlights some fundamental aspects of the actual emergency of the Christians of the Nineveh Plain and of Mosul city. In light of their message, Salvaimonasteri (Savethemonasteries) hereby launches the present international appeal in order to have the following demands quickly developed and implemented:
1) the commitment of all the Iraqis, of the Iraqi government, of the Regional Kurdish government, and of the international community for the immediate liberation of the towns, the villages, and the ancient religious sites of the Nineveh Plain (among which are: Baghdeda-Qarakosh , Bartella, Karamless, Bashiqah, Talkief, Batnaya, the sites of the monasteries of Mar Matta and Mar Benham). The commitment to the re-establishment of civil and religious rights of the Christian minority in Mosul city. The commitment to allow the refugees to return to their towns and villages with guarantees for their safety and sustainable conditions , along with a political solution to safeguard the private property of the Nineveh and Mosul refugees.
DEFEND SYRIA, SAVE ALEPPO - INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
- Categoria: Articoli e Documenti
INTERNATIONAL APPEAL TO:
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, TO ALL PARTIES IN THE CONFLICT THE GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AND EASTERN COUNTRIES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, UNITED NATIONS, UNESCO, INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SYRIA.
In uniting with the great suffering of the Syrian people and trusting in the urgent pacification of Syria, we ask for the immediate implementation of protection for the cultural heritage of the country, which is undergoing extensive damage. In particular, we appeal for the protection of the Citadel, the old town and all the monuments and buildings belonging to all the different religions in the city of Aleppo.