Millions of Christians in the Middle East were murdered, displaced from their homes, forcibly converted to Islam, made to pay the jizya, enslaved, brutalized…did the Vatican ever discuss their plight at the state level with any government?
Maybe it did, but I am unaware of any such discussion. I do know that Pope Francis ran interference for the persecutors, making the flatly false statement that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence.” He also said that “Muslim terrorism does not exist.”
So while a Vatican representative meets with the foreign minister of a state whose government orders its citizens to chant “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” in mosques every week, has the Vatican shown any concern for the Buddhists who have been displaced and murdered, and the Hindus who have been murdered by the Rohingya Muslims who started this conflict?
“Leave them; they are blind guides. And if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” (Matthew 15:14)
“Iran, Vatican City Discuss Plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar,” Iran Front Page, September 6, 2017:
Iranian foreign minister and Vatican City’s secretary for relations with states have conferred on the desperate situation of Muslims in Myanmar, calling for an international effort to end the plight.
In a Wednesday meeting with Vatican City’s Paul Richard Gallagher in Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif referred to the issue of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and called on all countries to cooperate and join hands to stop the massacre and mass expulsion of Muslims in the country.
The Iranian top diplomat also appreciated Vatican City’s efforts in this regard.
Speaking about the crisis in the Korean Peninsula, the Iranian FM added that after the Cuban crisis the world has forgotten the danger of using these weapons, but again we are witnessing that this great danger is posing threats to the international community.
Talking about the region’s critical conditions, the Iranian foreign minister underlined the need for peaceful solutions to overcome these crises, stressing that the world’s problem today is extremism, which is not limited to a special region.
He also referred to the long-standing, respectful and reciprocal relations between Tehran and the Holy See (Vatican City) and emphasized the need for dialogue and effective cooperation between religions and civilizations.
“Iran respects the character and positions of the Pope,” Zarif went on to say.
In turn, Gallagher referred to Vatican City’s efforts to resolve the crisis in Myanmar, saying that “we will continue our efforts in this regard.”…
“Encouraging the culture of peace and the peaceful coexistence of religions in the Middle East should be pursued with earnestness and the Vatican has always supported this coexistence between religions,” he added….