Syriac Catholic Patriarch of Antioch, the leader of one of the world's oldest Christian communities, has been at the Vatican pleading for the future of his community in a meeting with the French prelate Mamberti.
Vatican City, July 19 – The seat of the Syrian Catholic Archeparchy of Mosul in Iraq has been burned down by members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, and the situation for Iraqi Christians has become dramatic, Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan told Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti on Saturday. The Islamist militants have threatened to kill Christians unless they convert to Islam. “It’s terrible. This is shameful for the international community,” the patriarch said. Via agi news agency.
Full text of Patriarch's appeal in Arabic here
The French Moroccan prelate responsible for Vatican relations with foreign states, Dominique Mamberti, seen here in 2007 dining with Tony Blair one of the principle authors of Iraq’s destruction.