Quotes of the Week January 9

"The Church in Aleppo is standing steadfast despite the bombs, hunger and cold of recent weeks. We want to live and have faith, and show our solidarity to everyone without distinction of religion or faction. This is our mission, our task. No one knows when this war will end. We can accept everything, except this confusion without hope for change."

Chaldean Archbishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria, speaking after Christmas of the current situation for the Christians in the war-torn country.


"Be loving critics and critical lovers of the institutional Church."

Jennifer Haselberger, the former chancellor of canonical affairs for the US Archdiocese of St Paul-Minneapolis who is the National Catholic Reporter’s Person of the Year 2013 for her efforts to highlight lapses in child safeguarding in the archdiocese.


"We appeal to all parties in the nation, in these precise circumstances, to work for calm and invoking the language of dialogue, understanding, moderation and putting the interest of the nation and citizens firstly".

Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako Raphael I of Iraq in his New Year’s message which came in the wake of deadly Christmas Day bombings aimed at the Christian community in Baghdad.


"What is happening cannot be described but as a frank and direct rejection of God's will. No Arab can accept this sign of the times, this crisis of values. Since when do we take women hostage? This action is in total contradiction with the dignity of Arab civilisation and its noble reputation."

Maronite Archbishop Boulos Matar of Beirut, Lebanon, decries the December kidnapping of nuns from their convent in Maaloula, Syria.


“The Christian family is demonstrating, once again, in a very difficult historical moment, its unconquerable and irreplaceable value for solidarity and social peace.”

Cardinal Antonio María Rouco Varela of Spain hails the participation of tens of thousands at Madrid’s annual outdoor Mass for the Feast of the Holy Family on December 29.