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Prince Charles praises persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

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Prince Charles praises persecuted Middle Eastern Christians

Prince Charles at a service in Westminster Abbey to celebrate the contribution of Christians to the Middle East (4 December 2018). Photo credit: Westminster Abbey

Prince Charles has praised the “extraordinary grace and capacity for forgiveness” of Middle Eastern Christians enduring persecution.

Speaking at a special Advent service for persecuted Christians at Westminster Abbey on 4 December, the Prince said he had been “deeply humbled” by meeting Christians from the Middle East “who, with such inspiring faith and courage, are battling oppression and persecution.”

Archbishop Justin Welby at 4 December service celebrating the contribution of Christians in the Middle East. Photo credit: Westminster Abbey

He claimed that, “Coexistence and understanding are not just possible … they are confirmed by hundreds of years of shared experience. Extremism and division are by no means inevitable …

“In this season of Advent, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who himself knew exile, injustice and suffering, I can only assure you of our steadfast support and most heartfelt prayers as you take forward your works of restoration, justice and healing, so that God’s will might be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

His words of encouragement for Middle Eastern Christians came days after the Archbishop of Canterbury called on the UK government to do more to aid Christian communities in the region facing “imminent extinction”.