Britain ’s Christians must support Holy Land believers – Archbishop
“There is an urgent need for people in the UK to wake up to the fact that Christians in the Middle East are living through a time of change more dramatic and more costly than anything that has been seen for a thousand years and more.”
April 17, 2008 Middle East (ankawa.com)-The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has urgently appealed to Christians in the UK to become better informed of the crisis affecting fellow believers in the Holy Land, who he says “feel ignored or forgotten” by Western Christians.
Dr Williams was commenting ahead of a conference at Lambeth Palace on Wednesday, to be joined by BibleLands, a Christian charity providing financial support to the Holy Land .
Describing the situation of Christians in the Middle East ahead of tonight’s conference, Dr Williams said: “There is an urgent need for people in the UK to wake up to the fact that Christians in the Middle East are living through a time of change more dramatic and more costly than anything that has been seen for a thousand years and more.”
He went on to highlight the “tragic situation” of Christian refugees from Iraq and the “quiet but numerically huge exodus of Christians”, particularly educated Christians, out of the entire Middle East region.
“The remaining Christian communities are left exposed to violence or extremism in many countries, and the societies they live in are deprived of some of their most creative and resourceful citizens,” said Dr Williams.
“We badly need to be better informed about both the present and the past of these communities,” said Dr Williams.