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Sunday, December 4, 2016
Moluccas: church leaders appeal against war on Iraq
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¬†Reacting to the threat of possible war being waged on Iraq, the Muslim, Protestant and Catholic religious leaders in the Moluccas sent out an appeal to world leaders calling for them not to unleash the 'same savagery towards human beings have tormented our region for four years.' In a message to the Missionary News Service they said: 'It was generally the common, innocent people that had to bear its horrible consequences of agony and utmost suffering. 'God Almighty made man as His supreme and most precious creature, providing him a rich array of possibilities and capacities. Thus man is called to accommodate himself one to another, acknowledging equality and living in harmony. Existing differences are not meant to effectuate the determination to wipe out one another, but ≠ on the contrary ≠ to establish contact and dialogue with one another and mutually beneficial cooperation. 'Every nation on this earth has the right to live in peace and welfare, thus must not be played down becoming victim of any other nation's aspirations for whatever reason. Civilized nations solve any internal or external crisis by way of dialogue and not by choosing the way of war and violence. Any war and any acts of violence gravely damage humanity, milieu, and civilization. All of this will have its impact not only on those that are directly involved in the strife, but will seriously harm global harmony and stability. 'Based on this perception, we send out this appeal to the Government of the United States of America with its Allies, and to the Iraqi Government: One: To stop without delay any effort which is aimed at war and violence. Two: To enhance renewed efforts to come to sincere dialogue as the only decent and befitting way to come to a solution. Three: To acknowledge everybody's basic human rights as God's most precious creatures. Four: To prefer love, peace and justice to any political, economic and military considerations. Five: To entrust it wholly to the United Nations as the representation of all nations to find a just and peaceable solution. May the Almighty God, who is the source of all grace and blessing, bestow His prudence and wisdom on all involved parties to reflect on this appeal for peace.' Source:MISNA
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