Metropolitan Sotirios Appears Before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

On Thursday, November 27, 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios participated in the Committee’s study of Canada’s Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

During his statement, His Eminence spoke about the dangers and harm of religious-inspired terrorism and the importance for all governments – especially governments from predominately Muslim countries – to respect and promote human dignity, rights and freedom. He stressed the need to reform the teachers and factories that produce terrorists, making them factories of peace-makers. Metropolitan Sotirios also urged governments to defend and protect innocent people around the world who suffer at the hands of Islamic terrorists, including many Christian communities who are systematically targeted, persecuted and killed.

His Eminence expresses his gratitude to the Committee Chair, MP Dean Allison, and to all Honourable Members of the Committee, and wishes them well in their efforts to study the evil acts perpetrated by the Islamic State.