The leader of the Russian church has expressed concern over the growing violence against Christians in Africa and the Middle East. Over the past year, places like Nigeria, Egypt, Libya, Somalia and Sudan have become increasingly dangerous places for Christians to live. In 2012 alone, 900 Christians were murdered for their faith in Nigeria. Unless the international community takes decisive action, this trend will likely continue until Christians are no longer living in these dangerous countries.
5/22/2013 Africa, Middle East (RBTH) – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia is concerned about growing violence against Christians in African and Arab countries.
“Violence has spread further against Christians in Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan and other countries, and the radicals’ pressure on the Christian minority has increased in Egypt and Libya, which is compelling Christians to leave their homes and abandon their countries,” Patriarch Kirill said at an Easter reception at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday.
The situation is the worst in Syria, he said.
“The radical groups are using terror as they are struggling their way towards power and they are trying to impose the spirit of religious intolerance on the Syrian people,” he said.