The Prince of Wales has expressed his assist for Christians struggling for his or her religion all over the world in a video message launched right now (Good Friday, 30th March).
The Prince spoke of his concern for all these persecuted on non secular grounds – and highlighted the issues confronted by Christians specifically.
He stated: “At this time of Easter when our minds are recalled to the struggling of Our Lord 2,000 years in the past, we expect particularly of these Christians who’re struggling for his or her religion in lots of locations all over the world.
“I want to assure them that they are not forgotten and that they are in our prayers.”
The video follows The Prince’s conferences with Church leaders from the Middle East, the place Christians and different non secular minorities have been focused for his or her beliefs.
The Prince met Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, who has been overseeing the care of greater than 100,000 Christians pushed out of their properties on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains and Melkite Archbishop John Darwish of Zahlé and Furzol, Lebanon, who helps Syrian Christian refuges receiving no assist from different sources.
The conferences with Archbishops Warda and Darwish had been organized with assist from Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need which helps the native Churches’ work.
The charity’s final Persecuted and Forgotten? report, which examines human rights’ violations towards Christians all over the world, highlighted the genocide of Christians within the Middle East, concluding that the ensuing exodus may threaten the persevering with survival of the area’s historical Churches.
In his message, The Prince of Wales identified causes of optimism for the trustworthy, together with the return of Christians to their properties in northern Iraq and elsewhere.
He stated: “I have also heard that in the darkness there are small shafts of light, signs of Resurrection and of hope that, slowly but surely, Christians who have had to flee from their homelands are beginning to return and to rebuild their shattered homes.”
According to figures launched final Sunday (25th March), three,249 Christian homes on the Nineveh Plains have been restored out of 12,217 and 37,086 Christians have returned dwelling.
The Prince famous that for hundreds of years totally different faiths – notably the three Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism – “lived side by side as neighbors and as friends”.
He stated that in Lebanon, Muslims be part of with Christians on the Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon to honor Mary, including that she “occupies a unique and elevated position in both Christianity and Islam”.
The Prince of Wales stated: “Over the years, I have met many who have had to flee for their faith and for their life – or have somehow endured the terrifying consequences of remaining in their country – and I have been so deeply moved, and humbled, by their truly remarkable courage and by their selfless capacity for forgiveness, despite all that they have suffered.”
He added: “All three Abrahamic faiths have known and continue to know the bitterness of persecution when religion has fallen into the barbaric grip of those who distort and misrepresent faith.”
The video message, which additionally kinds half of The Prince of Wales’s ongoing dialogue with Church leaders within the UK, was recorded at his official London residence, Clarence House, earlier in March.