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Orthodox patriarch urges Europe to screen refugees, block Islamic radicals

August 31, 2016

The leader of the Syrian Orthodox Church has called upon European nations to examine refugees carefully, and refuse entry to Islamic radicals.

Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem II told Aid to the Church in Need that most of the refugees pouring into Europe from Syria are peaceful, but some are militant Muslims dedicated to spreading Islamic law, and will be a threat to their host nations. 

The Syrian prelate admitted that he did not know who refugees could be screened effectively. But he said that "it is necessary and should be done, without infringing the rights of those who are peace-loving and law-abiding."


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