Middle East

Cardinal writes to the Foreign Secretary about unfolding disaster in Iraq

13/08/2014 12:00 pm

In a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Cardinal Nichols has “welcomed the humanitarian efforts” that the British government has made in Iraq over the past few days and has urged that the “relief operation” and “crucial diplomatic efforts” be increased.

The Cardinal says “there needs to be a sustained focus on creating a more stable society based on respect for fundamental human rights, especially freedom of religion, and the rule of law. Britain has a role to play in that and I ask that you increase the existing efforts made by the Foreign Office to promote a culture in which the dignity of the person is paramount.”

He enclosed a statement from the European Bishops’ Conference, addressed to the United Nations’ Security Council, which highlights the “anguish of Europe’s Catholics at what is happening in Iraq” and the practical expression of this concern via the work of Catholic relief agencies.

The letter closes with an assurance of prayer and best wishes as the new Foreign Secretary begins his leadership “in such difficult and challenging circumstances.”


You can download Cardinal Nichols' letter by using the link in the top right-hand corner of this page. You can also download the European Bishops (CCEE) Letter to the UN Security Council .


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Cardinal Nichols' Letter to Foreign Secretary

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A letter to the Foreign Secretary from Cardinal Vincent Nichols on the Iraq situation - 12 August 2014.


CCEE: Letter to UN Security Council

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Open Letter from the Presidents of the Member Conferences of CCEE to the United Nations Security Council on 12 August 2014.