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Vatican laments plight of ME Christians

Iraq (for the full story go to the Jerusalem Post) Senior Vatican Archbishop Leonardo Sandri on Saturday lamented the plight of Christians in the Middle East who are suffering because of wars, other violence and uncertainty over the future.

The Vatican has expressed alarm in recent years over the flight of ancient Christian communities from the Middle East and violence directed against Catholics in Iraq .

The Christian community in Iraq is about three percent of the country’s 26 million people. Many churches are now nearly empty, with many of their faithful either gone or too scared to attend.