Thursday, September 4, 2014

Prince Charles writes to Patriarch Sako

Heir to British throne expresses sympathy for Iraqi Christians
Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako speaks to the media.
(Photo: Alaa Al-Marjani / CNS)
The Prince of Wales wrote a letter to the head of the Chaldean Catholics, conveying his "special prayers and profound sympathy" to persecuted Christians Aug. 22.
"I want you to know, above all, that my heart goes out to all those whose lives have been so brutally shattered by this terrible conflict. Although words seem hopelessly inadequate at such an imaginable time of suffering, I did just want to offer, through you, my special prayers and profound sympathy to all members of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq."
He adds he made a "very small token of assistance" through the charity Aid to the Church in Need.

Patriarch Sako sent his reply Sept. 2, saying he was "much moved" by the gesture.
"We ask your Highness to encourage the international community to preserve the lives and the dignity of the huge number of people affected by this disaster."
Read both letters here.

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