The Oriental Patriarchs met in Erbil in northern Iraq on August 19, 2014, after the Nineveh Christians had to flee to Kurdistan because of the invasion of the Islamic State . Their message highlighted  some fundamental aspects of the  emergency of  the Christians of  the Nineveh Plain and of Mosul city.  In light of their  message, Savethemonasteries hereby launched an  international appeal in order to have the following aspects 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. (read more)

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 2) the formation of a province for the Christians in Iraq . According to the Patriarchs’ message "in constitutional  terms, it is possible to establish a province for the Iraqi Christians. Now this has become acceptable ".
Related to this point, Baghdeda- Qaraqosh, the only town in Nineveh and all Iraq with a major Christian population, has all the prerogatives to be established as the capital of the Province for Christians.

3) the recognition  of  Nineveh cultural sites as World Heritage sites  from Unesco and other international organizations in order to safeguard and promote the monuments and sites hat are still standing, and to restore those damaged.  (list of Christian, Assyrian, Muslim sites)

4) an impartial distribution of  aid among the different groups of Catholic, Orthodox and other minorities effected by the state of emergency in Kurdistan, in other Iraqi regions, and during their return home; the impartial issuing of visas to third countries.

5) respect for  the international and humanitarian rights, including  the freedom to return home, of the refugees displaced in Iraq or for those who found shelter abroad.

Rome, August 25th, 2014

First subscribers:

ELISABETTA VALGIUSTI
MASSIMO CACCIARI
PIERLUIGI CASTAGNETTI
MARIA GIOVANNA MUZJ
DON GEORGES JAHOLA
GIANCLAUDIO MACCHIARELLA
SEBASTIAN PAUL BROCK
ERICA C D HUNTER
Fr. THOMAS MC DERMOTT , OP
MARZIO LOLLI GHETTI
PAOLO LIVERANI
FIORENZO DEGASPERI
MARIA ANGELA MONTERISI
BRUNO CILENTO
MARCO ROSSI
GABRIELLA COTTA
GUGLIELMO GIORDANO
BRUNO MORICONI
PIERLUIGI GIACOMELLO
ILARIA GROSSO
ANTONIO RIGO
ADRIANO CIANI
MARCO FIORAMANTI
GIOVANNI GENTILI
ROSALBA MORELLI
Sr. MARIE CECILE OSBORNE, RJM
FEDERICO MONTI
DANIELA TUSCANO
CARLO POVELATTO 
PAOLO MARIA GROSSHOLZ 
CLAUDIA GIANPIETRO
ANTONIO BARTOCCI
BEGNINI CECILIA
MAURIZIO AGRO' 
EVA ARRICIATI
ANDREA DONEDA
MICAELA SPERANZA
FLAVIA DE VITT
DANIELA FERRARI
ANTONIO RANZOLIN
PATRIZIA MOLINARI
TIZIANA MAYER
EVANGELIA HADJITRYPHONOS

 

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