.- Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad, Iraq is calling for the international community to continue offering assistance to Christians in his country.
Bishop Warduni spoke Jan. 20 during Italy's congressional committee on foreign affairs and warned, âChristians are in great danger.â
âThey are tired, they donât know what to do or where to go. Their rights are being restricted.â
He added that Christians in the area are left unprotected from violence.
âIraq needs a comprehensive solution,â the bishop said, urging that special help be given to âminorities, including Christians, who have done much to build Iraq.â
âCooperation among all in order to achieve peace and security in Iraq and the Middle Eastâ must be one of the first steps, Bishop Warduni continued. âIf this were happening,â Christians would not be leaving the region.
âWe call for the creation of a special international tribunal to shed light on the killings of Christian martyrs such as Archbishop Faraj Raho of Mosul (killed in 2008), and others. We want everyone to know the truth,â Bishop Warduni said.
He urged Italian lawmakers to put pressure on the governments of countries where Christians are a minority to ensure greater protection of their rights against the actions of extremists. âThe danger is that this continues to spread throughout the world. We want the U.N. to be more decisive when it comes to defending the rights of man,â he said.
He also warned against the growing Islamization of Iraq, a country where âChristians are free to worship but not to fully profess their faith.
âThe time for words is over, it is now time for concrete action,â the bishop concluded.