„Russian Orthodox Church and Helping Middle Eastern Christians” (Lisbon,
September 19 2018)
The Russian Metropolitan’s speech refers to the Russian Orthodox Church’s
efforts to help Middle East Christians subjected to persecution and
deportation. The power vacuum caused by the destabilization of political and
social structures has generated an increase in terrorist activity in several
Middle Eastern countries. Militants of extremist organizations have killed and
abducted clergy and lay people and committed terrorist acts in Christian
churches. Many believers emigrated to Syria, Jordan and other countries.
Christians leave these countries, many trying to immigrate to the Western
countries and not return to the Middle East.