Pope: Respect Religious Freedom in the Middle East

Francis Pope has called for respect for religious freedom in the Middle East, welcomed the Vatican until senior clerics from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. "The conditions of life of the Christians, who in many parts of the Middle East serving a particular consequence of the ongoing tensions and conflicts, are a source of great concern," said Pope, DPA reported. The head of the Catholic Church and clergy discussed the risks faced by the Christian community in the region. "Today, together with the pastors of the Churches of the East, we make an appeal: the right of everyone to a better life and more free practice of religion must be respected," said Francis Pope.