Cardinal likens fading Christian presence in Middle East to a sinking ship

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Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church, is pictured in a 2017 file photo speaking at the In Defense of Christians Summit in Washington. He described the shrinking presence of Christians in the Middle East as a sinking ship to leaders of the Middle East Council of Churches Sept. 18, 2020. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)