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Patriarch Sako: Eastern Christians, United and firm in faith before the challenge of religious extremism
In pastoral visit in Lebanon, the Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad denounces the discrimination to which Christians are subdued and vindicates the contribution that they have made together with the Muslims for the history, culture, human rights in the Middle East. Without Christians there is no Arab modernity. An appeal for the abducted Orthodox bishops and a thank you to Lebanon, model of coexistence.
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