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Syrian rebels plan destruction of Christianity: Russian Orthodox prelate

September 02, 2013

In an interview with the AsiaNews service, the top foreign-policy spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church said he fears rebels in Syria “have set themselves the goal of the complete and total destruction of Christianity” in the country.

Metropolitan Hilarion said that the conflict in Syria is not really a civil war, but a conflict waged by “foreigners, fighting with foreign money.” He said that the Orthodox Church is worried primarily about the toll of the conflict on civilians.

In the AsiaNews interview the Russian prelate also commented on the status of Vatican-Russian Orthodox relations, the prospects for a meeting between the Pope and the Russian Patriarch, theological dialogue among Orthodox leaders, and the relations between the Moscow patriarchate and the Russian government.


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  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Sep. 02, 2013 8:52 PM ET USA

    We should hope this take on events in Syria does not reach the eyes of Barack Obama. If he discovers that the rebels plan to eradicate Christianity in that country, he will redouble his efforts to aid them.