VATICAN: Summit Called By Pope Francis To Discuss Persecution Of Christians In Middle East

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Vatican discusses the persecution of Christians in Middle East
Vatican discusses the persecution of Christians in Middle East

A three-day summit of Vatican ambassadors from the Middle East and North Africa was called upon by Pope Francis to discuss persecution of Christians by Islamist extremists in the Middle East. The summit concluded this weekend with a call for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and avowal of military action against ISIS.

Envoys from Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Libya, the Palestinian territories, Syria and Turkey met in the Vatican for three days to discuss how persecution of Christian minorities in the region could be prevented. According to estimates, there are 7.5 million Christians in the region.