Patriarch: with a heavy heart we watch the genocide of Christians in the East

© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikova in Photobacterium in the North-East of Syria, osvobojdenie from militants of the Islamic state (DAISH)Patriarch: with a heavy heart we watch the genocide of Christians in the East© RIA Novosti / Valery Melnikovite the image Bank

Peacekeeping activities of the Russian Orthodox Church in the outgoing year was largely associated with help to persecuted Christians in the middle East and other regions, said on Thursday the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill at the annual Diocesan meeting of Moscow.

«With a heavy heart, we are witnessing the genocide of the Christian population in the middle East and in several African countries. In 2017 Russia may once again visited the Patriarch of the Coptic has Tawadros II. The faithful of the Coptic Church in Egypt face violence, they are victims of terrorist attacks. <…> This year I met with the Minister of Awqaf of the Syrian Arab Republic Muhammad Abd as-Sattar said, in which I thanked him for the protection of the Christian minority in Syria,» — said the Patriarch.

He recalled that the protection of the Christian population in the Middle East were also discussed at his meetings with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Patriarch Theodoros II of Antioch John X, Theophilos III of Jerusalem and other primates of the local Orthodox churches. This topic has largely been devoted to the conversation of the Primate of the ROC with foreign heads of state and government and foreign ambassadors.

«The peacekeeping mission of the Russian Orthodox Church in the past year was associated, including ongoing attempts to resolve the conflicts generated by the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh», — said the Patriarch. Since September 8, in St. Daniel monastery hosted a meeting of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims office Sheikh-ul-Islam Allahshukur Pashazade, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians Karekin II.

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