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Prince Charles’ message of support for persecuted church

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Prince Charles’ message of support for persecuted church

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles; and the Patriarch of Antioch, Ignatius Aphrem II, at the consecration of St Thomas’ Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in London (24 November).
Photo Credit: Gavin Drake/ACNS

Persecuted Christians are not forgotten – they are in our prayers, declared the Prince of Wales in a specially recorded Holy Week message.

Prince Charles has recently met with a number of Christians leaders from the Middle East including the Coptic Pope.

“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 said.

He said that all three Abrahamic faiths – Christianity, Judaism and Islam – had known times of persecution, “when religion has fallen into the barbaric grip of those who distort and misrepresent faith.”

Recalling the suffering of Christ, he declared: “We think especially of those Christians who are suffering for their faith in many places around the world.  I want to assure them that they are not forgotten and that they are in our prayers.”

The Prince of Wales expressed hopes for the return of Christians to homelands in Syria and Iraq.