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As the world continues to pray for Meriam Ibrahim, the wife and pregnant mother who has been condemned to death in Sudan for her Christian faith, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew adds his voice to the outcry against violence against women.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Decries Violence in Advance of Meeting with Pope Francis in Jerusalem
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2014
NEW YORK – The Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, has issued a statement decrying the violence against women in Northern Africa. The full text is as follows:
We are horrified that, in the early twenty-first century, our world still experiences such horrific and disgraceful acts of religious violence. As we have repeatedly emphasized, every form of violence in the name of religion is violence against religion itself.
What is happening in Nigeria and Sudan is a dual act of wrongdoing: first and foremost, it is a disgrace against humanity, which we believe and proclaim is created in the image and likeness of God; and second, it is a defamation of the God, whom the great religions of the world worship as divine creator of all life.
In Northern Africa, both believers of Islam and Christianity are obliged to promote a God of love and compassion. And the political authorities are responsible for protecting their citizens, especially the more vulnerable members of their societies. Such acts of violence are unacceptable from the perspective of religion and morality, as well as by standards of international human rights.
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