Father Daniel of Erbil Iraq, Lisa Pearce, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland and Conservative MP Dame Caroline Spelman met Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday 13 December in Parliament to highlight the plight of Christians and minorities in the Middle East and ask for help in securing a better future for them.
Father Daniel presented Prime Minister Theresa May with an Arabic Bible which was found at St Mary’s shrine in Karamles, Iraq, after been burnt by Daesh. The survival of the Bible symbolises the hope which the Christian community in Iraq continue to hold on to.
Father Daniel later spoke in Parliament to assembled MPs, Peers and church leaders along with Conservative MP Dame Caroline Spelman, Labour MP Kate Green, Alistair Burt MP and Lisa Pearce.
The event came after 808,172 people from 142 countries signed a petition, launched by Open Doors, asking the UK government and the United Nations to ensure that Middle Eastern Christians and other minorities enjoy the right to equal citizenship, dignified living conditions and a prominent role in reconciling and rebuilding their society.
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