Putin says leaders should unite to end anti-Christian persecution

MOSCOW, August 1, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Vladimir Putin has urged the world’s  political leaders to stop the violent persecutions against Christians that have  erupted in many Middle Eastern countries.

Speaking at a meeting with Orthodox Christian leaders in Moscow last week,  the Russian President said he noted “with alarm” that “in many of the world’s  regions, especially in the Middle East and in North Africa inter-confessional  tensions are mounting, and the rights of religious minorities are infringed,  including Christians and Orthodox Christians.”

“This pressing problem should be a subject of close attention for the entire  international community,” Putin said. “It is especially important today to make  efforts to prevent intercultural and interreligious conflicts, which are fraught  with the most serious upheavals.”

Putin praised the growth of cooperation between the Orthodox Churches and the  Russian state, saying, “We act as genuine partners and colleagues to solve the  most pressing domestic and international tasks, to implement joint initiatives  for the benefit of our country and people.”

The Russian Federation recently passed legislation making it illegal to  promote homosexuality as normal, a move that, while condemned by many European  leaders, was strongly supported by the Orthodox Church.

Putin added Thursday that the Church was giving Russians a moral compass when  so many were looking for help. “Today when people are once again searching for  moral support, millions of our compatriots see it in religion,” he said. “They  trust the wise, pastoral word of the Russian Orthodox Church.”

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