Letter from the World Council of Churches to the Churches in Iraq

14-07-09-message-to-iraq.jpgGeneva, 14 July 2009
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
We have been deeply troubled and saddened by the brutal wave of violent
attacks on the churches and Christian communities in Baghdad, Mosul and
Kerkuk over this last week, which have left four people dead and 32 others
On behalf of the World Council of Churches I am writing to express our
deepest concern over the loss of life and the constant threats you have
suffered over the past six years. At the same time, I am writing to assure
you of our support as you pass through these turbulent and challenging
times, and to encourage you to continue to witness to the love and peace of
God in Jesus Christ even amidst hatred and aggression.
It is with this spirit that we are organizing a visit to the churches in
Baghdad, Mosul and the North of Iraq by representative members of the
WCC fellowship of churches, to demonstrate our solidarity and support, to
share your concerns and hopes, and to work with you for peaceful solutions.
On behalf of the ecumenical family, we express our sincere condolences and
sympathy to the people of Iraq, especially to the families of those who were
killed and injured. We pray for peace and reconciliation in Iraq, and for those
who are displaced, for all others who suffer the consequences of violence and
for all who are striving to restore trust and goodwill among people and
You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers as you pass through this
tragic and critical time.
Yours in Christ,
Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary