As we are celebrating the Triduum of Easter with the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we were saddened by the continuation of terrorist attacks against Christians in the world, especially on Easter day in Sri Lanka. The past year has shown continued positive changes towards the Christians and Christianity in the Middle East, such as in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt.
There is a better understanding of the Interfaith with meetings between the Pope and Middle Eastern countries. The United States government is showing an increased positive response to the plight of the Middle Eastern Christians. We are hoping that the European governments will advance the cause of the Middle East Christians and assist them in protecting their civic and civil rights to stop the persecution and prosecution. Other Middle Eastern faiths have established governments to protect them and support them morally and financially. The Middle Eastern Christians lack these two resources so it is left to other countries to do the correct and moral things by sponsoring, supporting, and protecting the Middle East Christians politically, financially, and diplomatically. We are monitoring their policies in words and in action.
We wish you a Happy Easter, and may its message of hope to humanity resonate.
Dr. Ramsay F. Dass, MD
President, American Middle East Christians Congress
Director of Iraq American Christians Endowment Center