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Syrian patriarch decries Obama administration policy in Middle East

December 31, 2015

The head of the Syriac Catholic Church, an Eastern Catholic church in full communion with the Holy See, told The National Catholic Register that “the Obama administration has done very little towards the faith and the survival of Christian minorities in the Middle East.”

“So we beg the Western countries to stand up for our lives; and that means telling governments, and those who are either religious leaders in Islam or in Arabic governments, to grant full rights and liberties to all citizens, including minorities, particularly the Christian minority as well,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan.

The patriarch also called upon Pope Francis to invite Secretary of State John Kerry and other leading diplomats to the Vatican to address the persecution of Christians.

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