[Francophones] les dirigeants chrétiens de l'Angleterre sur le Congo

Bishop bishop at tec-europe.org
Jeu 4 Déc 07:55:53 GMT 2008

Toujours en anglais:


Le texte de la déclaration:

We lend our voices to the multitude of others in this country and  
beyond who are calling for an end to the humanitarian crisis in the  
Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. We call for an  
immediate strengthening of peacekeeping forces in the region to  
protect civilians and provide safe passage for the humanitarian aid,  
to the hundreds of thousands of vulnerable and displaced civilians, at  
risk of being caught up in fighting between various armed groups as  
well as being victims of targeted attacks against them.

We recognise and thank God for the contribution that churches of all  
denominations are struggling to make on the ground to address the  
overwhelming physical and psychological needs of their communities.  
Without shelter, in the middle of the rainy season, hungry, frightened  
and sick, many also face daily intimidation and violence. These men,  
women and children cannot wait any longer for the international  
community to act. We therefore echo the recommendations by the UN  
Special Representative that the UN peacekeeping force, MONUC, be  
strengthened in a matter of weeks not months.

We pray for a lasting political solution to this crisis, which  
addresses the persistent and underlying issues of justice, human  
rights, the integration of rebel forces into the national army and the  
management natural resources. We pray for the leadership of former- 
Nigerian President Obasanjo as he seeks to bring the multitude of  
interested parties to the table and keep them there to ensure a just  
and sustainable solution.

We recognise the contribution of church leaders in the region, who are  
trying to think, pray and act together to address the complex regional  
dimensions of the crisis, and the role of churches in UK, in helping  
to bring this issue to the attention of Christians and the wider  
public in Britain. We strongly urge you to keep praying and advocating  
for your brothers and sisters in Eastern DRC.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cormac Murphy O'Connor
Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, Primate of the Armenian Church of Great  
Britain and co-president for England's other Churches
Commissioner Betty Matear, Moderator of the Free Churches of England  
and Wales, joint leader of The Salvation Army in the UK and the  
Republic of Ireland

(Mgr) Pierre Whalon
Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe
23, avenue George V
75008 Paris France
+33 1 53 23 84 06  (tel)
+33 1 49 52 96 85 (fax)
office at tec-europe.org

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