Expulsion of Christians from the countries of the Middle East - the cradle of Christianity - is a civilizational catastrophe, said the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.
"The destruction of the Christians, the expulsion of Christians from the region represented not only a crime against the faith, against human rights and freedoms, but also as a civilizational catastrophe, because the disappearance of the Christian population is very change in these countries", - the Patriarch said in an interview to RT.
He recalled that the Middle East - the cradle of Christianity, the cradle of Christian culture, so the protection of Christians in the region has become a central topic of the meeting with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church Pope Francis in Havana's airport in February.
"Of all the minorities most affected and are suffering Christians. The figures are appalling:. 1,5 million Christians in Iraq - now and 150-five thousand there, 0,5 million Christians in Syria have disappeared who knows where - whether they were killed or whether they emigrated, "- said the Patriarch.
He added that saving is necessary not only to Christians, but to all people in the region, and for this purpose should be to stop the bloodshed.
The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church noted with regret that a political solution to the problem has not come, the expulsion of the Christian population continues. "We can only pray, and, of course, to work so that all countries have realized the need for concerted action," - Patriarch Kirill said.
In addition, the Patriarch of the West criticized political correctness and legislation.
On Sunday, Patriarch Kirill celebrated 70 years. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Patriarch with 70-anniversary and noted his contribution to the development of inter-religious and inter-ethnic dialogue. On the eve of Putin awarded Patriarch Kirill the Order "For Services to the Fatherland» I degree.
In Syria, the ongoing armed conflict, in which, according to the UN, has killed more than 2011 thousand. Man March 250 years. Government forces confront militias belonging to various armed groups. The most active fighters are extremist groups "Islamic State *" and "Dzhebhat al-Nusra."