Patriarch Kirill called the destruction of the Christian shrines of Iraq disaster

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Archival photoPatriarch Kirill called the destruction of the Christian shrines of Iraq disaster© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The destruction of the terrorists in Iraq Christian shrines and buildings is a civilizational catastrophe, said the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the meeting with the leaders of Christian churches of Iraq.

«We nostradam the Iraqi people, who bear such hardships today, suffering from the consequences of foreign aggression and civil war. We are very worried about what happened, including, in the Nineveh valley in Iraq, where there are many Christian cities, temples were destroyed or desecrated. I was told that the city Batnaya destroyed 90 percent Christian buildings, it is really a civilizational catastrophe,» — said the Patriarch, quoted Thursday by his press service.

At a time when the world is concerned about the issue of human rights and the protection of religious minorities, he added, «in front of everyone there are such iniquity.» «All together it is very important to make the middle East a Christian Shrine was restored and the Christians back in Iraq and also in Syria and other places where they always lived and where he was exiled by war or civil conflict», — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

According to him, it is now important to develop inter-Christian communication is to primarily to support the Christian population of the Middle East countries. In the Russian Orthodox Church attach great importance to programmes of humanitarian assistance to the region. «In particular, this applies to Syria, but we are ready to develop the relevant activity in respect of Iraq,» the Patriarch said.

«The example of Iraq is one of the most dramatic examples, what makes the country of foreign aggression. When I visited Iraq, I was told that in this country lives more than half a million Christians. They say that now Christians ten times less,» — said the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.