Hundreds of churches around the world will join the ringing of a memorial for the victims of the bombing in Aleppo
In the Kallio Church in Helsinki for two weeks sounds a bell ringing in memory of the victims of the bombing of the Syrian city of Aleppo. Soon this action will join hundreds of temples in the four parts of the world. Meanwhile, there were dissatisfied mass memorial ceremony.
In the Kallio Church and the funeral chime sounds from the middle of October, reports Yle. Rector of the parish Teemu was Laajasalo encouraged other Church of Finland also to participate in the promotion. According to him, the bells are not only in memory of the victims, but also for those who feel betternot because of the situation in Syria.
Soon the funeral chime will sound, and abroad. “Already 800 churches in the world in four continents, dozens of countries have announced that they will join the action”, – said the publication of the Abbot. Last Sunday the bishops of Norway called on all the churches of the country to make the alarm bell in memory of the victims of the war in Syria.
In many parishes, the campaign is accompanied by a fundraiser and concerts. The bells of Kallio will sound at 17:00, October 24, international UN day for the last time.
The initiative was Laajasalo have already managed to criticize. Seppo Simola, chief editor of the newspaper of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, Kirkko ja kaupunki, wondered whether the Church to intervene in world politics. “There are times when we can say that the political situation in the world is very complicated, but from the moral point of view the situation is very clear,” responded the rector of the parish of Kallio.
Laajasalo was reminded that, according to UNICEF, the situation of children in Aleppo is the heaviest for the first time since the Second world war. In August, UNICEF has called for an “end the nightmare” in which live more than 100 thousand children of Aleppo, reported RIA “Novosti”. “Compassion is not enough. Anger is not enough. Compassion and anger must be combined with action”, – stated in the message of the organization.
On the eve of the Russian and Syrian planes resumed bombing of Aleppo, after a short ceasefire. The humanitarian pause began to operate in the city on October 20 and then was extended until the evening of the 22nd.
On the cessation of the bombing of HQs of the Russian Federation and the Syrian air force has announced Moscow on 18 October, after the European Union allowed the recognition of Russia’s actions in Aleppo war crimes and in anticipation of the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting “Norman Quartet” in Berlin. In addition, the cease-fire coincided with the summit of EU leaders in Brussels to discuss the possibility of introducing sanctions against Russia because of the situation in Syria, but any state not proposed the adoption of punitive measures.