Cyprus: Archbishop fears for the fate of Syrian Christians

04 September, 13:46

(ANSAmed) - NICOSIA, SEPTEMBER 4 - Christianity is at stake, especially in Syria, said here Monday Archbishop Chrysostomos, warning that if extremists prevail in Syria, minorities and Christians will feel the repercussions. The Archbishop, as Famagusta Gazette reports, said this is something which greatly concerns the Orthodox churches of the region. Archbishop Chrysostomos, together with the Patriarchs of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros and Jerusalem and all Palestine Theofilos, speaking during a press conference, explained the vision, aims and expectations of the Orthodox Initiative, in the framework of the political and socio-economic changes that are developing nowadays in the wider Middle East region. As part of the common action of the orthodox churches of the Middle East, groups with youth from the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem, are on the island to take part in a common programme for youth from the Church of Cyprus. The "Orthodox Initiative", formed earlier this year, aims at strengthening cooperation between the churches with Christians in the Middle East.Asked if developments in the Middle East are posing a danger for Christians, Archbishop Chrysostomos replied: "Certainly Christianity is in danger, especially in Syria". The three church leaders said that the number of Syrian refugees that has arrived in Jordan is around 20,000, adding that the church will be sending a container to Jordan with clothing, toys, blankets and other items for the refugees in Jordan. (ANSAmed).

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