- La situazione sta peggiorando.
Gridate con noi che i diritti umani sono calpestati da persone che parlano in nome di Dio ma che non sanno nulla di Lui che è Amore, mentre loro agiscono spinti dal rancore e dall’odio.
Gridate: Oh! Signore, abbi misericordia dell’Uomo.
Mons. Shleimun Warduni
Baghdad, 19 luglio 2014
sabato, gennaio 30, 2016
Louis Raphael I Sako
|Photo by Chaldean Patriarchate|
As you know, the Church has named this year as a “Year of Mercy” and I have to be the first one to live and practice mercy. Therefore, I forgive sincerely all those who criticized me and tried to stop our progress to proceed; and I would like to take this occasion to ask everyone who felt that I hurt him/her to accept my apology, although there should be no confusion between administration and personal relationships.
I utterly realize that my cross is heavy, but I have to carry it with faith, confidence and happiness to serve my Chaldean Church, all Christians in Iraq, and my country as a whole. With the help of those who have the good will, I promise to do my best in; protecting our identity and our presence in this land; rejecting all forms of injustice; supporting peace; promoting the dialogue and coexistence language. I promise also to carry this burden on my weak shoulders, asking God for strength and to enlighten my way, so I can keep giving and scarifying in order to achieve the spirit of my motto in “Authenticity, Unity, and Renewal”.
The list below shows some of our achievements during the past three years:
3. Activation of the laws to achieve justice among members of Clergy as much as we could, stressing on spirituality, willingness to serve, and unity inside the church to work with each other as one apostolic team . Also thanks to Finance Committee that seized the accounts from corruption.
It hurts me to see our beloved country has been torn apart with thousands of wounded and murdered innocent people, millions of displaced and the horrific demolition everywhere. It is time to renew our commitment to the land and to each other as members of the ONE Iraqi family, in spite of our differences. I trust that the existence of enlightened people together with the country’s intellectual and economical wealth will help to rebuild Iraq and enjoy a secure and peaceful life for years to come.
Displacement and brain drain worries me as it threatens our heritage, language, tradition and our historical existence in this land, which is ours. Therefore, we need an actual support from our brothers and sisters abroad and from the international society to contribute urgently in the process of rescuing our region to help displaced families returning to their homes. We need actions not speeches and promises.
To overcome this heavy historical burden, and to leave this past behind, we need prayers, big hearts, modesty, and the ability to read, think and analyze “the signs of the times”. We need to respect the other who is different without having decisions and orders, and to be capable to live with our differences. The most important thing is to be with God’s word, live it at home and work. This kind of integration will make the diversity of our ethnical groups and churches a ladder for our unity, knowing that unity is a dream of every Christian, a hope of the church and Jesus’ commandment.
Finally and based on my experience, fateful indicators, I renew my appeal of 16 January 2016 to form a “Unified Christian Ecumenical Gathering” to act as a political reference for Christians, to deliver a true image of the current situation and to submit a master plan with a practical mechanism for implementation. This Gathering may compete in the upcoming election with a single list of candidates who have the efficiency and courage to serve in a way that the Christians can play their national role in this country and in decision-making. It is an excellent opportunity for us especially that we are living today in an unprecedented situation that threatens our presence. As soon as possible, I will invite Christian Politicians and religious authorities to discuss the project.
Thank you for your prayers