George Marlin, Chairman of Aid to the Church in Need, accepted the University’s Poverello Medal on behalf of his organization which has been around since Pope Pius XII commissioned a Dutch Norbertine priest, Werenfried van Straaten, to raise money and devote himself to the material and spiritual needs of people displaced by the Second World War. They went on to work behind the Iron Curtain and are dedicated to helping persecuted Christians around the world.
Today that means a lot of their efforts are focused on the Middle East. Mr. Marlin shared from his new book, “Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy”, about what has been going on there. Though it has largely gone unreported by the media in the West, a systematic genocide is taking place against Christians in the Middle East. Christian communities that were hundreds of years old when Islam first arrived and have survived for over 1300 years since are disappearing in our time. He gave a brief report of the devastation in Syria, as well as the situation for Christians in Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
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