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The Prince of Wales has expressed concern about the plight of Middle Eastern Christians and is visiting members of their communities in the UK today.
He is travelling to the Coptic Orthodox Church Centre in Stevenage and visiting the Syrian Orthodox Church, St Thomas Cathedral in West London, where he will meet members of the community and hear about their experiences in the Middle East.
Later today he is to host a reception at Clarence House to celebrate Christian Communities in the Middle East, at which the Archbishop of Westminster, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbi are due to be present.
In a statement, Clarence House said: “The Prince has expressed concern about the current challenges facing Christians in some Middle Eastern nations and wanted to meet members of those communities resident in the UK to find out more.”
In recent years there has been an exodus of Christians from the Middle East due to sectarian violence and persecution.
The statement added: “The Prince of Wales wants to draw attention to the importance of harmony and understanding between peoples of all faiths.”
He will be accompanied by Prince Ghazi of Jordan, an adviser on religious and cultural affairs to the King of Jordan, and the author of “a common word initiative” which was sent in 2007 to Pope Benedict XVI calling for peace between Islam and Christianity.
Above: The Prince of Wales, Prince Ghazi, Bishop Angaelos