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Do not encourage Christians to leave the Middle East, patriarch pleads

Calling upon European nations not to give preference to Christian refugees, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako warned in a recent interview that “there is a very real risk now of the Middle East, Iraq, Syria losing all its Christians."

“European countries must give shelter to those who really need it, regardless of religion," the prelate told La Stampa’s Vatican Insider. “I can confirm that it is not just displaced people who are fleeing."

“Priests tell me that there are also people who aren’t too badly off financially, people who work at banks, for example, who are leaving," he added. “People who don’t really need to leave. They feel that a window of opportunity has opened up, and they fear this window will soon close, so they take advantage of it."



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