MIDDLE EAST – Church leaders call for aid for Christians, minority religious groups in Middle East

Abouna – Dec. 2, 2018

Armenian, Greek, Catholic and Syriac church leaders are asking for President Donald Trump’s support in protecting the religious freedoms of oppressed Christians and other minorities in the Middle East.

Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Archbishop Dionysius John Kawak of the Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese for the Eastern U.S., and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York signed the letter dated November 16, 2018.

The religious leaders are pleading for support in the “upholding of religious freedom and the preservation of pluralism and diversity” in a region marred by violent extremism and political instability. Millions of Christians have been fleeing the Middle East. The signatories decried the ongoing “genocide and forced migration of millions … on the grounds of their religious and/or ethnic identities.”