Orthodox Patriarchate Warns Against War in Iraq

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MOSCOW, FEB. 7, 2003 (Zenit.org).- The Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow announced an appeal from the Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, calling for the cooperation of all those involved to overcome the crisis in Iraq.



Elijah II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, made the following statement on Iraq, Feb. 4, in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital: "Cold peace is dominating in the world today, which in the future can turn into a serious threat for many thousands and millions of innocent people. The ongoing processes are obliging us to take a more responsible attitude to the present situation."

"The Georgian Orthodox Church calls upon everyone who is able to influence the developments concerning Iraq, to show more patience and sense in order to avert the threat of war. A military conflict can cause an unpredictable chain reaction and endanger the peace," he continues.

"The Georgian church urges all Orthodox Christians to pray for peace," he concludes.