Joint statement from the Bishops’ of Sheffield and Doncaster on the situation in Iraq
28th August 2014
The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield and the Rt Revd Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster have made a joint statement on the crisis in Iraq.
“Like many, we have been moved by the desperate plight of Christians and other minorities fleeing persecution in Iraq over the last months and by the dreadful suffering there.
We both add our support to the calls of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and other Bishops in asking that the government grant asylum and offer sanctuary to the thousands of Christians fleeing the extremist regime in northern Iraq.
France and Germany have already responded in this way and it is time that Britain also offered leadership in this area.
We also strongly support the Archbishop of York’s call for the government to take a strong lead in the United Nation’s Security Council to support calls from the UN’s own committees for the creation of a safe zone in Iraq to protect the country’s minorities.
We have asked all Churches across the Diocese of Sheffield to pray specifically for the situation in Iraq on 7th September and to take up special collections for relief work there.”