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Christians to disappear from the Middle East, fears Pope
Bari, Italy: Pope Francis on Saturday voiced concern that Christians will disappear from the Middle East amid “murderous indifference” as war rages on.
“The Middle East has become a land of people who leave their own lands behind,” Francis said.
He was addressing the leaders of almost all the Middle Eastern churches gathered in the Italian port city of Bari to pray for peace in the region.
“There is also the danger that the presence of our brothers and sisters in the faith will disappear, disfiguring the very face of the region,” the pope warned.
“For a Middle East without Christians would not be the Middle East.
“Indifference kills, and we desire to lift up our voices in opposition to this murderous indifference.”