Pope Francis has vowed to prevent the Exodus of Christians from the Middle East.
Pope Francis during his recent visit to Turkey Pope Francis with head of the in the Orthodox Church vowed to work together to prevent an exodus of Christians from the Middle East, and they called for “constructive dialogue” with Muslims to resolve conflicts in the embattled region and around the world.
Pope Francis and his orthodox counterpart said, “We cannot resign ourselves to a Middle East without Christians, who have professed the name of Jesus there for two thousand years.” However, Pope Francis frequently raised the issue of the plight of Christians in the Middle East during his trip to Turkey.
The pope made frequent mention on his trip of the plight of Christians and other minorities in areas of Syria and Iraq who have been the focus of persecution by the Islamic State. During his papal-visit to Turkey, Pope Francis visited Haghia Sophia, once a Christian temple and then a mosque, now a museum in Istanbul. He brought “Message of Interreligion Peace” to Turkey. He also visited the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.