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Christianity is being driven out of the Middle East- by Perry Chiaramonte

Prospects of Christianity surviving in its birthplace, the Middle East, appear as grim this Holy Week as they have at any time in the last two millennia.

Persecution of the world’s largest religion has intensified, especially in Muslim-dominated countries. Jihadists appear to have repeatedly carried out one of their oft-stated goals of erasing any trace of Christianity in some regions, while in others persecution against Christians and other religious minorities are being held at bay — for now.

The prospects facing Christianity in three of its longest-standing strongholds, Syria, Egypt and Iraq, vary significantly:

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