Coptic Bishop calls on UK to protect Mid-East Christians

14/06/2016 – Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom gave a keynote address on the situation of Christians in the Middle East to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast (NPPB) in London on Tuesday. During his address Bishop Angaelos spoke about the persecution of Christians and minority communities, and the millions subsequently displaced and living as refugees.

Speaking to an audience of over 700 parliamentarians, civic and faith leaders, ambassadors, and heads of NGOs, Bishop Angaelos said “Christians in the Middle East are indigenous people and reject minority status.”

Calling for people of all parties and all faiths to work together, he said: “As religious and civic leaders, we have an opportunity and responsibility to change the narrative and expectation of the Middle East from one of hopelessness and conflict to one of hope and promise.”

“Regardless of which House one sits in, which Church one worships in, or indeed which faith one does or does not have,” Bishop Angaelos said, “we must work together for the freedom and dignity of human life and speak with a collaborative voice.”

The NPPB is the largest gathering of any kind in parliament throughout the year and is an annual recognition of the contribution that Christianity makes to the national life of the United Kingdom.

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