Mideast: Christians in danger, Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III warns Pope Francis

“The crises in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, are endangering Christians present in the region.” That is, Islamic jihad is threatening the Christians present in the region. “Interfaith dialogue and coexistence between Islam and Christianity are also in jeopardy” — not because of “insults” of Islam from Pope Benedict XVI, as Western academic apologists such as Juan Cole would have you believe, but because of escalating Muslim persecution of Christians. “Mideast: Christians in danger, Patriarch Gregory III warns Pope Francis,” from AKI, March 19 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

“The crises in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, are endangering Christians present in the region,” Patriarch Gregory III Laham told AKI, quoting a letter he said he has written to Francis.

“Interfaith dialogue and coexistence between Islam and Christianity are also in jeopardy,” he said.

Francis is an expert on the situation in the Middle East and “God willing” will put the region’s problems high on his list of priorities,” the patriarch stated.

Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was enthroned as Pope Francis on Tuesday after being elected pontiff in a conclave of cardinals last week to replace 85-year-old Benedict XVI who abdicated in February on health grounds.

As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio was responsible for the Catholic community in the Middle East and was a point of contact for emigres from Lebanon, Syria and all the countries in that region.

“I hope that the Pope will ensure a better future for all Arab countries and their peoples,” concluded the Syrian-born patriarch, who is also the spiritual leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church.

Insofar as it is within his power to do so.

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  1. says

    Pope Francis, please remember the persecuted Christians. Pope Francis, please remember that Francis of Assisi reached out to the Muslims.

  2. says

    Pope Francis, instruct your priests to inform the church goers about the practices of the peaceful religion of Islam…tell them to start reading…here’s a partial list..
    Recommended Books: Jihad

    Willful Blindness by Andrew C. McCarthy

    America Alone by Mark Steyn

    They Must Be Stopped by Brigitte Gabriel

    Jihad Incorporated: A Guide to Militant Islam in the US by Steven Emerson

    Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror by Nonie Darwish

    Understanding Jihad by David Cook

    Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives have Penetrated Washington by Paul Sperry

    Future Jihad: Terrorist Strategies Against America by Walid Phares

    The Losing Battle with Islam by David Selbourne

    Because They Hate: A Survivor of Islamic Terror Warns America by Brigitte Gabriel

    Defeating Jihad: How the War on Terrorism Can Be Won ” in Spite of Ourselves by Serge Trifkovic

    American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us by Steven Emerson

    Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries by Paul Fregosi

    Militant Islam Reaches America by Daniel Pipes

    Recommended Books: Dhimmitude

    The Dhimmi: Jews & Christians Under Islam by Bat Ye’or

    Londonistan by Melanie Phillips

    While Europe Slept by Bruce Bawer

    The Force of Reason by Oriana Fallaci

    The Rage and the Pride by Oriana Fallaci

    Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis by Bat Ye’or

    Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide by Bat Ye’or

    The Decline of Eastern Christianity Under Islam: From Jihad to Dhimmitude by Bat Ye’or

    Recommended Books: Muhammad and Islam

    Understanding Muhammad by Ali Sina

    Cruel and Usual Punishment: The Terrifying Global Implications of Sharia Law by Nonie Darwish

    Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam’s Holy Book edited by Ibn Warraq

    The Quest for the Historical Muhammad edited by Ibn Warraq

    Religion of Peace?: Islam’s War Against the World by Gregory M. Davis

    The Sword of the Prophet: History, Theology, Impact on the World by Serge Trifkovic

    Why I Am Not a Muslim by Ibn Warraq

    What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text, and Commentary edited by Ibn Warraq

    Leaving Islam: Apostates Speak Out edited by Ibn Warraq

    The Early Development of Mohammedanism by David S. Margoliouth

  3. says

    I am afraid the new Pope will not do anything to help the Christians, he may be worse than the previous Pope. This is the quote from wikipedia.

    Leaders of the Islamic community in Buenos Aires welcomed the news of Bergoglio’s election as pope, noting that he “always showed himself as a friend of the Islamic community”, and a person whose position is “pro-dialogue”.[96]

    Buenos Aires Islamic leaders praise Bergoglio’s close ties with the Islamic community by citing his reactions to a 2005 incident when Pope Benedict XVI quoted a medieval document that described Muhammad as “evil and inhuman”.[97] According to them, Bergoglio immediately distanced himself from the quotes, noting that statements that create outrage within the Islamic community “will serve to destroy in 20 seconds the careful construction of a relationship with Islam that Pope John Paul II built over the last 20 years.”[97]

    Bergoglio visited both a mosque and an Islamic school in Argentina, visits that Sheik Mohsen Ali, the Director for the Diffusion of Islam, called actions that strengthened the relationship between the Catholic and Islamic communities.[96] Dr. Sumer Noufouri, Secretary General of the Islamic Center of the Argentine Republic (CIRA), added that Bergoglio’s past actions make his election as pope a cause within the Islamic community of “joy and expectation of strengthening dialogue between religions”.[96] Noufouri said that the relationship between CIRA and Bergoglio over the course of a decade had helped to build up Christian-Muslim dialogue in a way that was “really significant in the history of monotheistic relations in Argentina”.[96]

  4. says

    This is why I am dubious of the end times scenario of a “one world government” that certain fundamentalists believe in.

    I cannot see all the religions of the world uniting; especially Islam with Christianity.

  5. says

    I saw Schlussel’s piece the other day. I am not a regular reader of her site. I’m not sure what to make of this piece – “Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those belonging to no church on Wednesday to unite to defend justice, peace and the environment and not allow the value of a person to be reduced to “what he produces and what he consumes.” What is your point? What do you mean by the new pope doesn’t give 3rd-person present tense form of the the Latin verb, etc.?

  6. says

    In Latin, the 1st person of the verb scire (“to know”) is scio (“I know”, pronounced SHEE-oh); the 2nd person is scis (“you know”, pronounced SHISS); and in Jesuit seminary teaching remedial Latin, they would jokingly insert cognovit for the proper 3rd person form scit (“he (or she) knows”, pronounced SHIT).

    If you read the Schlussel piece, and you read the additional piece I added in my blog essay to which I linked above, you’ll see why I say what I say.

  7. says

    When I learned Latin, I was taught that “c” was always pronounced as a hard c, there being no such thing as soft c’s in the language. Also, “v” is pronounced as “w”, therefore veni, vedi, vici would be pronounced as weni, wedi, wici.

    That’s also why the proper pronunciation of
    “Celt” is “Kelt”, not “Selt”.

  8. says

    LemonLime, like Bill O’Reilly tells his audience, “I am a simple man.” You are making things complicated. Maybe if I studied Latin it would not be complicated. Are you saying you agree with Schlussel, you have some misgivings about this new pope with respect to Islam?

  9. says

    What I learned was that apparently medieval Latin pronounced “sc” as (at least sometimes) “sh”. Classical Latin was another matter.

  10. says

    As to the first piece of evidence, the report from the Buenos Aires Herald, assuming that Muslims have bad intentions, I can’t see anything but bad in good words from Muslims. I.e., what would they get out of falsely claiming that Bergoglio was always involved in positive “dialogue” with the Muslim community of Argentina? If they wanted to malign Bergoglio, they’d say the opposite, since the PC MC media always presumes that “positive dialogue” with Muslims is a good thing, not a bad thing.

    As for the second piece of information, from The Telegraph, it’s not the word of Muslims, it’s a report on how Bergoglio opposed Pope Benedict on his Regensburg lecture and took precisely the wrong stand on that — even worse than Benedict’s own post-fallout cringingly apologetic (in the colloquial sense) about-face.

    Links in my first post above.

  11. says

    “since the PC MC media always presumes that “positive dialogue” with Muslims is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

    And of course it’s not just the PC MC media that think “positive dialogue” with Muslims is a good and necessary thing, but so too does the majority of mainstream Christians throughout the West — as Robert Spencer agrees in his description of the significance of his recent disinvitation by Bishop McManus to speak for Boston Catholic diocese men’s club, in his recent interview with Stephen Coughlin on the problems of interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

    Thus, as Spencer describes, Bishop McManus explained in his letter why he dropped Spencer, that, quote:

    “…he was doing so because he thought my appearance, if I spoke about the persecution of Christians in the Muslim world and the doctrinal roots of that persecution in Islamic texts and teachings, that that would have a negative impact upon the wonderfully constructive dialogue that he was having in the Worcester area; and I think it is taken as axiomatic by most Christians — Catholics, Protestant, Orthodox in the United States and elsewhere — that it is a good and positive thing to have dialogue with Muslim leaders and obviously they are anxious not to harm that dialogue, as evidenced by my being dropped and other things…”

    [68-second snippet from YouTube: http://swf.tubechop.com/tubechop.swf?vurl=z4T5H2D1Cb8&start=260&end=328&cid=1044663 ]

    On the basis of my two links above, Pope Francis seems no different from Spender’s description of Bishop McManus (and “most Christians — Catholics, Protestant, Orthodox in the United States and elsewhere”) on this most pivotal issue.