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Russian Church: regime changes threaten North Africa’s Christians

Catholic World News - April 06, 2011

The Russian Orthodox Church’s chief ecumenical officer has expressed concern about recent and potential regime changes in North Africa and the Middle East.

“Changes in political regimes and a collision of interests of different social forces may lead to uncertainty, violence, and lawlessness,” said Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. “We have been observing growth in Christianophobia, which may deteriorate into a plunder of Christian churches and killings of Christians.”

“The world community must rise to defend the basic human right to freely choose a religion and to live abiding by the religious norms and principles,” he added.

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