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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cardinal condemns bombing of ISIS as war crime

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Cardinal Maradiaga has condemned military action against ISIS.

Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga considers that the air raids by the Allies in Syria are war crimes. The advisor of the Pope consultant has a good reason for this sharp judgement.

The Papal adviser and Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga considers that the air raids by the Allies in Syria are war crimes. The head of the council of cardinal advisers for Vatican Curia reform ("K9") criticized on Friday in Münster the military action against the fighters of the Islamic State (IS).

"Nobody has the right to kill and no one knows who meet the bombs," he said before students of The Episcopal Marian Academy in Münster.

The errors are very old

The archbishop of Tegucigalpa described the situation in Syria and northern Iraq as a "dilemma". The violence of the IS was unacceptable. There were however also errors on the part of the Western industrialized countries, which contributed to the "horrible situation".

"They have already been made a long time before this war," emphasised Mardiaga to the online magazine of the Diocese of Münster, citing arms sales, dealings with radical groups and an ignorance of the complex problems in the Middle East. "The West should have exported education, development and prospects there to protect people against radicalisation."

The student discussion held in English was the conclusion of a multi-day visit to the German-Honduran Society which had invited the Cardinal to North Rhine-Westphalia. The occasion was the opening of the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Honduras in Duisburg. (KNA)

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