Serious warning regarding shrinking Christian population in Middle East issued by Patriarch of the Eastern Orthodox Church. He stated that owing to concurrent violence, Christianity faces danger of fading across the Middle East- the land of its birth.
In compliance with the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Aphrem II, Christianity is likely facing risk of disappearing in Syria and Lebanon. He stated that in Turkey the Christian population has lessened from 3.5 million to 150,000 in the past century. This could be the case in Syria and Lebanon. “I am worried that Christianity is on the way out both in Syria and Iraq as well as in Lebanon,” he said.
He further stated that in Iraq eight out of every ten Christians have fled since the turmoil caused by fall of Saddam Hussein and the conflicts that followed. In Syria, about half of the Christian population has either been displaced or have fled. Majority of Christians are also fleeing Lebanon.
In line with a recent report, countless dead bodies have been found in 72 mass graves. This discovery is a startling revelation of the large-scale genocide of Christians and Yazidis carried out by the terror group Islamic State.
The Syrian Patriarch, urged the European leaders to be more vigilant as refugees from the Middle East infiltrate the European countries. “There should be a way of screening those who come to Europe so that they do not embrace extremist ideology. I do not know how this should happen, but it is necessary and should be done without infringing the rights of those who are peace-loving and law-abiding,” he said.