His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II gave a lecture entitled “Can Christians Still have a Future in the Middle East?” at the Pazmany Peter Catholic Universty in Budapest.
His Eminence Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, and Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director were also present at the lecture.
His Holiness spoke about the history of the persecution of Christians since the beginning of Christianity. He also spoke about the massacres of the Syriac Genocide Sayfo in 1915 and about the current atrocities that are committed against Christians in Iraq and Syria.
He then spoke about the relief work that the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate is doing to help the needy find a job and hence be able to survive. He also urged to stop financing the terrorist groups and to have a balanced non-biased media that covers the stories as they are.