Saturday, June 12, 2010

Syria Considered a Safe Haven for Christians and Muslims in a Conflict-Prone Middle East

Syria's dwindling Christians coexist with their Muslim compatriots in a country many of them see as a safe haven, in a region where religious minorities often struggle for survival, according to the Reuters website.

Pope Benedict XVI is so worried about how Christians are faring in a conflict-prone Middle East that he has called bishops to the Vatican in October 2010 to consider their plight.

Muslims and Christians enjoy equal rights in Syria, apart from a constitutional stipulation that the president must be a Muslim.

Samer Lahham, a layman who runs ecumenical relations at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus, told Reuters that the Syrian government "really puts religion aside," noting that passports and identity cards make no mention of religion.

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