LONDON: Prince Charles has expressed his support for Christians being persecuted in Iraq.
During a meeting at a church in west London, the Prince of Wales also paid homage to the persecuted Christians in Iraq. Prince Charles met the families of Iraqi Chaldean Christian community, who have fled the threat of genocide by terror group ISIS. He urged for a “duty of care” to help victims of violence. Prince Charles while addressing the congregation said “Like so many of you, ladies and gentlemen, I have been deeply distressed by the horrific scenes of violence and persecution coming out of your beloved Iraq. I know that many of those who have been killed or forced to flee are members of your own families. I’ve heard about that today. The pain and grief for you must quite unimaginable as you see them persecuted because of their faith.”
He strongly condemned the violent actions of ISIS jihadists and termed their actions as “blasphemy”- when they attack on Christians and other religions desecrated the image of God.
He went on to say, “As these truly dreadful images of executions and beheadings are transmitted around the world via the internet I cannot help but feel that we are in serious danger, in this so-called modern age, of descending into the dark ages of public executions. We hear much at present about ‘the duty of care’. Then, ladies and gentlemen, I am bound to ask, whether there is not a duty of care towards the victims of violence and their families who, like you, are daily distraught by the graphic transmission of violent images of their loved ones?”
“But to you, ladies and gentlemen, whose brothers and sisters are suffering at this terrible time, to you whose families have lived, as I was saying, in the biblical lands since biblical times, I can only say from my heart that I thank God for your astonishing courage, faithfulness and perseverance,” he added.