Orthodox-Catholic statement on ‘Arab Spring,’ Middle East Christians
November 04, 2011
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, which met recently to discuss the laity, parishes, and regional structures of authority, has issued a statement on the plight of Middle East Christians.
“The ‘Arab Spring’ is unleashing forces that are having a devastating effect on the Christian communities of the Middle East,” the participants in the ecumenical dialogue said. “Our Churches in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine report disturbing developments such as destruction of churches and massacres of innocent civilians that cause us grave concern.”
“United with them in prayer and solidarity, we ask our fellow Christians living in the West to take time to develop a more realistic appreciation of their predicament,” they continued. “We ask our political leaders to exert more pressure where it can protect these Churches, many of which have survived centuries of hardship but now stand on the verge of disappearing completely.”
- Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Meets, Issues Statement on Plight of Christians in the Middle East (USCCB)