, Pope Francis has insisted that the Church
will not be resigned to think about the Middle East without Christians.
So what is to be done, in practical terms, to reverse the departure of Christians from Egypt, Syria and Iraq? That question raises the broader problem of how Catholics and Christians across the globe can effectively defend the rights of believers who want to stay in the region, but are forced to leave because their fundamental rights have been ignored or even undermined by their own governments.
Mindful that the pope's visit will draw fresh attention to this problem, U.S. Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant leaders, legislators and church-affiliated organizations, like...READ MORE