Patriarch Sako told the group that he’s 69 years old, and he’s only known nine years of peace in his life. A cleric from the region got up to say he’s only 41, and he hasn’t known peace at all - during every one of those 41 years, his life has been defined by some form of violent conflict.
Beyond the urgency of the physical reconstruction of the Nineveh Plains, the the cardinal said, “there is the more important obligation of reconstructing Iraqi society and consolidating a harmonious and peaceful coexistence. Here, Christians have the specific position to be artisans of peace, reconciliation and development.”
"We appeal to their conscience. We do not have any weapons. Our weapon is the Word of God. We are men of the Word of God. We go and knock on the gate to the hearts of these men and women. The people can either accept this or not. It is our job and duty to tell them: thou shalt not kill."