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‘God only knows’ if Christians will survive in the Middle East

October 17th, 2014 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS

Lebanese bishop gives Scots harrowing account of ongoing religious persecution

A Lebanese bishop has told Scottish Catholics that ‘God only knows’ if there will be any Christians living in the Middle East in 20 years time such is the persecution they are facing. Maronite Archbishop Elias Nassar of Saida in Lebanon was speaking at an Aid to the Church in Need event at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell last Thursday when he said it had become all too ‘convenient for Europe to ignore and forget about Christian persecution in my region.’ During Mass at the cathedral, Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell used his homily to urge those present to help the ‘Christians in need who are crying out for help, their prayer is very strong and they are persisting in their faith in the most difficult circumstances.’ After the Mass, Archbishop Nassar provided first-hand experience of life in Lebanon, whose population has swelled following the vast number of refugees arriving... continue reading.

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