A senior Catholic churchman in the Middle East told an audience in Toronto that the Christian community in the Levant, the eastern part of the Mediterranean, is on the verge of extinction.
“The very existence of Eastern Churches, those churches that come from the apostles’ time, is at stake, in danger,” Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan of Syria told the annual conference of the Knights of Columbus, characterizing the region’s Christians as an “endangered species.”
Congress unanimously passed a resolution in March condemning the Islamic State for waging genocide against Christians in Syria and Iraq. Egypt’s Coptic minority, an orthodox Christian church, has also seen a significant spike in Islamist violence.
Open Doors, an non-governmental agency that tracks global persecution of Christians, claims that 7.6 million Christians have been displaced by conflicts in Syria and Iraq, and reports thousands have been murdered by ISIS fighters.
SOURCE: KEVIN DALEY
The Daily Caller