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Russian Patriarch, in Lebanon, pledges support for Christians in Middle East

Catholic World News - November 15, 2011

During a visit to Lebanon, where he met on November 14 with President Michel Suleiman, Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill expressed his keen concern about the dangers facing the Christian minority in the Middle East.

‘We are very much concerned for the situation of Christian communities in Egypt, Iraq and Lebanon,” said the Russian prelate. He said that “Christianophobia” is a problem in other countries as well.

During his visit to Lebanon the Russian Patriarch met with the leaders of Orthodox churches with a historic presence in the area, including the patriarchs of three Eastern Catholic churches: Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, Melkite Patriarch Gregory III Laham, and Syrian Catholic Patriarch Joseph II Yunan.

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