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the Service of All People in the Middle East
Statement expressing solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer in the Middle East.
We must not resign
ourselves to thinking of a Middle East without Christians, who for 2,000 years
have confessed the name of Jesus, and have been fully integrated as citizens
into the social, cultural and religious life of the nations to which they
-Pope Francis, 21 November 2013
The Christian presence in the Holy Lands traces its roots to the earliest days of Christianity. These small, diverse communities have historically contributed to the vibrant social fabric of their societies in the fields of science, medicine, and philosophy. Their fraternity with the diversity of Churches and other religious groups helps to foster greater interreligious dialogue, unity, and peace in the Middle East.
In the midst of the turbulence in the Middle East, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expresses solidarity with Christians and all those who suffer from the conflict in the region. The Church stands at the service of all people in the Middle East, both Christians and Muslims.
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