Russia initiates a Mission on protecting Christians in the Middle East

Natalya Mihailova | 10 June 2015
Sochi, June 10, Interfax - A Mission on protecting Christians of the Middle East will be set up in Lenanon, Syria, and Palestine, says Alexey Cherkezov, the organizational committee leader of the 3rd Forum of Russia's Christian Youth held in Sochi, resuming its results.
Russia initiates a Mission on protecting Christians in the Middle East
Photo: RIA Novosti/Andrei Stenin

The newly established international organization will be called The Christian World. Its goal is to activate work of institutes in Russia’s civil society and in other countries and cooperate in observing norms of international law, social ministry and religious dialogue.

The delegates from Syria and Lebanon who attended the forum ardently supported the initiative of setting up the mission on protecting Christians in the Middle East.

“We are very glad to learn about this decision, a delegate from Syria Karin Hassan says, there are many Christians in our country and we will surely support the mission. Syria has always been in good relations with Russia and we hope to strengthen and develop them.”

Earlier, representative of the Al-Marada youth movement of Lebanon Shadi Dahla said, speaking at the same forum, that Lebanon expects Russia to return to the Middle East, which is necessary to stabilize the situation in the region and balance the forces.

The 3rd Forum of the Christian Youth of Russia was held under auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church, the World Russian People’s Council, the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society and other public and charitable organizations. The forum attended mostly by young people welcomed about 300 delegates from Moscow, the Rostov Region, the Krasnodar Region, Stavropolye, the Northern Ossetia, Armenia, Georgia, Lebanon, Syria, Greece and Cyprus.

Since you are here…

…we do have a small request. More and more people visit Orthodoxy and the World website. However, resources for editorial are scarce. In comparison to some mass media, we do not make paid subscription. It is our deepest belief that preaching Christ for money is wrong.

Having said that, Pravmir provides daily articles from an autonomous news service, weekly wall newspaper for churches, lectorium, photos, videos, hosting and servers. Editors and translators work together towards one goal: to make our four websites possible -,, and Therefore our request for help is understandable.

For example, 5 euros a month is it a lot or little? A cup of coffee? It is not that much for a family budget, but it is a significant amount for Pravmir.

If everyone reading Pravmir could donate 5 euros a month, they would contribute greatly to our ability to spread the word of Christ, Orthodoxy, life's purpose, family and society.