UN secretary general: Repatriation of Christians who fled from Iraq and Syria should be encouraged

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Iraqi Christians attend Mass at Saint Joseph's Chaldean Catholic Church in central Baghdad

UN secretary general: Repatriation of Christians who fled from Iraq and Syria should be encouraged

Agenzia Fides

Christianity is "an integral part" of the Middle Eastern culture, and it is necessary to "ensure the return of Christians and members of other religious minorities" who have fled from their countries of origin due to situations of violence and persecution, guaranteeing in particular the stabilization of the political situation in Iraq and Syria.

This was stated by UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the occasion of the meeting held on Wednesday, June 20, in Moscow with Patriarch Kirill, Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church. Guterres expressed words of appreciation for the efforts of the Moscow Patriarchate in interreligious dialogue, and while reiterating the generally shared judgment on Middle Eastern regimes such as the Syrian, he admitted that those regimes, in their own way, in some respects represented a factor of protection for religious minorities.

During his visit to Moscow, the UN Secretary-General also met Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 11:19
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