Bishop fears war may prompt ‘Iraq-style’ exodus of Christians26 October 2012
The bishop of the devastated city of Aleppo has told MPs at Westminster that bishops in Syria are torn between urging Catholics to stay living in a warzone or flee, risking a Christian exodus similar to the one that happened in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
Speaking at a parliamentary briefing in London last week organised by the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Audo said a mass exodus of Syria's ancient Christian communities would signal a victory for the insurgents aiding the mainly Sunni rebels fighting the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad.
Many people in Aleppo had fled, he said, adding: "We fear Christianity will lose its influence like in Iraq, so I ask, what is the future of Christianity in the Middle East?"
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