Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/HOLY LAND – Heads of the Churches in Jerusalem: the UN and world leaders must stand up for an end to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
Jerusalem – The ongoing military conflict between Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh is again leading to the death of innocent people and the flight of men and women, children and old people from the horrors of war. A scenario of suffering and devastation that must be stopped as quickly as possible with the participation of all international actors. This is what the Patriarchs and the Heads of the Churches and Christian communities of Jerusalem demand in a statement published on Friday, October 2. In their message, which was also signed by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, and by Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Apostolic Administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The signatories express their condolences to the communities involved in the conflict, invoking God’s mercy on them. They call on “the European rulers, the Presidents of Russia and the United States of America and the Secretary-General of the United Nations” to “intervene as soon as possible” in order to “reach an immediate ceasefire and negotiate a lasting peace”.