Plea for unity of Christians across Middle East

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Plea for unity of Christians across Middle EastAn urgent appeal for an end to the violence in Syria has been made by the Global Christian Forum, a broad ecumenical network of Christian churches, communities and movements which met earlier this month in Amman, Jordan.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting called for a rejection of all forms of extremism and enmity, for stepped up efforts to aid refugees and all victims of violence in the Middle East and for Christians themselves - despite the plurality and variety of churches - to stand united in their witness to peace and justice in the region.Bishop Brian Farrell is secretary of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity which follows closely the work of the Global Christian Forum. He’s also a friend of the two kidnapped Syrian Orthodox bishops, whose suffering he describes as a dramatic symbol of the difficulties facing all Christians in the Middle East today. He talked to Philippa Hitchen about how the plight of the ancient churches in this region is obliging them to reach out across their denominational divisions…

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Vatican Radio (Apr.25, 2013)