Den katolske erkebispen av England og Wales sier det er en reell mulighet for at kristendommen blir utryddet i Midtøsten.
Han ble bedt om å kommentere en tale baronesse Warsi holdt ved Georgetown-universitetet fredag, der hun sa nettopp dette.
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, said that it was «probably true» that the religion could cease to exist in the area, which has seen an exodus of Christians according to some reports.
«There are real challenges for Christians in this part of the world to support and get alongside them, and also for politicians to understand that the presence of Christians is a great mediating factor often, for example, between different sections of Islam.»
He continued: «It is a mix that has lasted for a 1,000 years and no Western Government should promote a course of action in the Middle East which would end with a new government that was intolerant to its historical neighbours and colleagues within a territory.»
The Archbishop’s comments follow a stark warning by Lady Warsi, who is minister for faith and communities alongside her foreign office commitments, about the future of Christianity.
“A mass exodus is taking place, on a Biblical scale. In some places, there is a real danger that Christianity will become extinct,” she will say at a speech at Georgetown University in Washington.