Vatican: “It’s impossible to imagine the Middle East without Christians”

It is impossible to imagine the Middle East without Christians, not just for religious motives, but also political and social.  Christians, are an essential element for the equilibrium of the region, as Pope Benedict XVI said, “A Middle East without or few Christians is no longer Middle East,” Cardinal Koch told reporters before Pope Francis’ travel to Bari for an important ecumenical reflection and prayer with the heads and representatives of Christian Churches and Communities on the situation of Christians in Middle East.

“Christians in Middle East was 20% of the population before World War I, today, he said, it is just 4%,” Cardinal Koch who is the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity also denounced.