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Instead of seeking to impose Western-style democracy in the Middle East, the Western powers should act concretely to assist persecuted Christians, the Syrian Catholic patriarch said in an interview with Vatican Radio.

More than 150,000 Christians in Syria and Iraq are now refugees who are “still living in caravans, in very precarious conditions humanely,” said Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan, the head of the Syriac Catholic Church since 2009. http://www.catholicculture.org