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Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium calls for unity against terrorism

Brussels, Belgium
3/23/2016

His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Belgium (Photo by J. Mindala)

The Orthodox Metropolitan of Belgium, Athenagoras (Ecumenical Patriarchate) has called for all religious leaders of Belgium to unite their voices and forces against terrorism.

Commenting on the attacks of Tuesday morning in Brussels, Athenagoras, President of the Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Belgium, appealed to every person of good will around the world, Christians and non, to become a shield against terrorism as well as messengers of peace.

"Terrorists today have not struck Brussels. Terrorists today struck throughout Europe. Terrorists today struck once again the whole world" he underlined in his comment.

"We call upon the whole world, Christian and not, to become a shield against terrorism. To become one body against the storm of grief that overwhelms the planet. In this war that was declared by terrorism in Europe we will become messengers of peace" he said.

"As Bishop and Pastor, as president of the Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of Belgium, I call upon the religious leaders of Belgium to unite our voices and our power against the wickedness and violence. I call upon the religious leaders of Belgium to condemn any kind of terrorism and to give our own testimony of consolation and sympathy to our affected brothers and sisters" Metropolitan Athenagoras said.

[Source: Vatican Radio / Nicholas Papachristou]

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