WeAreN 2015 Madrid (English)

WeAreN 2015 Madrid

According to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, from 100 to 150 million Christians in the world suffer persecution every year because of their faith. Christians are the most persecuted sector on earth and its religion the one that faces the most number of violence acts, deaths and displaced people.

Our society has denounced, as it was the fair to do, other genocides produced in the past, but continues to ignore the genocide of our time, the most brutal in the history of mankind.

We do not understand that we defend so hard, so many economic resources and so much media attention to the quality of life of, for example, some species of insects, and at the same time we ignore that every five minutes a Christian is killed because of his faith.

To draw attention to the Christian genocide is now the best way to fight for human rights, justice and equality. There is no battle in our time that requires more urgency and commitment by members of the human species than this one.

Goals

The First International Conference on Religious Freedom “We Are All Nazarenes” #WeAreN2015, organized by MasLibres.org and CitizenGO, had the aim to sensitize governments, society and Western media on the need to respond to the major humanitarian crisis lived in the world since World War II: the genocide of Christians and religious minorities perpetrated by Islamist extremism in countries like Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Egypt, Libya and Nigeria.

To achieve this goal between 17 and 19 April 2015, there were invited to the conference the real victims of jihadist persecution: Christian patriarchs of Eastern Churches, bishops, archbishops, pastors and missionaries, whose dioceses and churches had been hit by the barbarity as well as citizens who had suffered violence and persecution because of their faith.

Who where there

  • The Patriarch of Antioch and bishop of Beirut, Ignatius Joseph III Younan
  • Bishops Dashe Doeme and Bagobiri, both from the most affected by Boko Haram terrorism dioceses of Nigeria
  • The general Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church Monsignor Anba Angaelos
  • The Reverends of the Evangelical Church of Syria and Egypt, the pastor Edward and pastor Michael
  • The Archbishop of Kirkuk (Iraq), Monsignor Mirkis
  • The Bishop of Erbil, Monsignor Matti Warda
  • The missionary Priest in Baghdad, Luis Montes
  • The husband and daughter of Christian sentenced to death by the anti-blasphemy law in Pakistan, Asia Bibi
  • The Syrian Christian refugee in Spain Mireille Al Farah
  • The Iraqi Joseph Fadelle, threatened with death for converting to Christianity
  • The parents of US aid worker Kayla Mueller, kidnapped and murdered by the Islamic State

We Are All Nazarenes Conference ended with the reading of the Declaration of Madrid, in which both the President of Hazteoir.org, Ignacio Arsuaga, and the CEO of the global platform CitizenGOn Alvaro Zuluetan gave visibility to the commitment of 2.5 millions of Christians mobilized against religious genocide.

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