Monday, August 11, 2014

Pope Francis joins Patriarch of St. Stephen in calling for military intervention in Iraq

ROME 11 August 2014 (ORCNS) - Pope Francis joins the Patriarch of St. Stephen's earlier call for military intervention in Iraq to stop the advance of the Muslim caliphate and protect the Christians in that country. This move places the Pope in solidarity with Catholic minorities around the world. Cardinal Rutherford Johnson, the Patriarch of St. Stephen, whose traditional Old Roman Catholic jurisdiction continues the heritage of Catholic knights who fought in the Crusades, called for military intervention two weeks earlier. Reports from the Vatican indicate that military action is the only way to stop the Muslim militants and to create an environment of peace so desired by the Holy Father. The Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Sako, whose people in Iraq are facing genocide at the hands of the Islamists, also has strongly urged military action.

(Above L-R: Pope Francis, the Chaldean Patriarch,
and the Patriarch of St. Stephen)
At the taking of Jerusalem in the Crusades.