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Syrian patriarch: persecuted Christians hope Trump will help secure Mideast peace

November 17, 2016

The head of the Syrian Catholic Church called upon US politicians to speak out on behalf of persecuted Christians as he expressed his hopes for the Trump administration.

“The Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria have suffered catastrophic genocide, persecution, abuse and killings,” Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told Breitbart News. “I witnessed with my own eyes the destruction taking place in our communities.”

“It is no longer acceptable nor permissible to close one’s eyes to the atrocities that are being allowed in the 21st century,” he continued. “We hope that American politicians can echo this message throughout the country and speak about this injustice.”

The patriarch added:

The Christians in Iraq and Syria are hopeful President-elect Trump and his incoming administration will help secure peace throughout the region for all people and for the sake of humanity.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Nov. 17, 2016 2:32 PM ET USA

    There is a higher probability of good coming to the region from a Trump Administration than from the myriad of hate groups that oppose him, and from the "fundamental" transformers of the outgoing regime.