Cardinal Nichols: Events in Iraq Are Tyrannical, Horrendous, Akin to Genocide



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ABSTRACTCardinal Nichols: Events in Iraq Are Tyrannical, Horrendous, Akin to Genocide | ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Home About ZENIT The Agency Audience FAQ - Organization Services Copyright legal status Email Facebook Twitter Youtube RSS SUPPORT US NEWSLETTER Edition English Español Français Deutsch Italiano Português العربية Sign in Sign up The world seen from Rome Tweet News Headlines Sections Trips of Pope Francis News Interviews Life Watch Liturgy Rome Notes ... Columns Arts and Culture Benedict XVI Bioethics Ecumenism Faith and Reason ... Documents Francis Documents Benedict XVI's Documents Holy See Documents Cardinals' Documents Bishops' Documents Episcopal Conf. Docs. Various Documents The Pope Pope Francis Angelus / Regina Coeli General Audience Editorial ZENIT writers Kathleen Naab Father John Flynn, LC Junno Arocho Esteves Deborah Castellano Lubov Tools Sign up Subscribe Give ZENIT as a gift Profile Advertising Mailings Banners Contact General Contact us Write the editors Republishing permission Ideas Testimonies Advertising Technical help Donate A- A A+ http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/cardinal-nichols-events-in-iraq-are-tyrannical-horrendous-akin-to-genocide Cardinal Nichols: Events in Iraq Are Tyrannical, Horrendous, Akin to Genocide Compares Atrocity in War-Torn Nation to Imposed Religion in Medieval Times Tweet Vatican City, August 11, 2014 ( Zenit.org ) Staff Reporter | 361 hits Cardinal Vincent Nichols has decried the recent events in Iraq as being akin to genocide. The Archbishop of Westminster not only denounced the "focused, deliberate killing and oppression" of Christian groups in Iraq as "horrendous," but said this constitutes “the definition of genocide,” reported the Telegraph  on Sunday. Stressing that civilians of northern Iraq must be protected from the "evil force" at work in the country, the leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales called for prayers. In response to Islamic State (IS) militants’ rampage across northern Iraq, he said it’s a "cruel, tyrannical movement," and likened their behavior to that of "medieval marauders seeking to impose their worldview on the cradle of Christianity, Judaism and Islamic faiths." Moreover, Cardinal Nichols denounced the violent and oppressive actions of the IS against many ethnic and religious groups across the country, including the reported slaughter of Yazidis by Islamic State .......