Prince Charles express fears of few Christians in the Middle East

February 9, 2015 4:33 am

says he fears there will be “very, very few” Christians
left in the after the turmoil racking the region.
The
Prince, who is on a trip to the area, said the plight of Christians
persecuted by Islamic extremists was “a most agonising situation” though
they were just one persecuted minority among many.
“But at the
same time I fear that the problems in the Middle East are not going to
go away immediately,” the Prince said. “And so there is a danger that
there are going to be very, very few left.”
He appealed for more work to build bridges between religions.

Prince Charles began a six-day trip to Jordan and the Gulf states. Photo / AP
If
he succeeds the Queen as monarch, Charles will become temporal head of
the Church of England and take the title “Defender of the Faith”.
Although the title refers to the Anglican faith, he believed the role
involved protecting others’ freedom to worship.
The 66-year-old began a six-day trip to Jordan and the Gulf states.

He met Iraqi Christian refugees in Amman and will spend time
with Jordan’s King Abdullah II, days after Isis militants released a
video showing a captured Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive.
Hundreds
of people from Britain have joined militants in Syria. Charles said the
number of young Britons turning to extremism was alarming.
Charles risked provoking a new political storm when he said Muslims in the UK should follow British values.
The
Prince’s comments come hard on the heels of a book which claims the
Queen is worried her heir plans to be an “activist king”.

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