The Prince of Wales reportedly moaned Christian persecution is being ignored while the public focuses on Brexit, at a Lambeth Palace event.
Prince Charles told guests at the reception, hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Revered Justin Welby, that a report into religious persecution had “sunk without a trace” and been overshadowed by Brexit, according to one source.
The Telegraph reported Prince Charles told guests at the event on Thursday evening: “People are more interested and obsessed with Brexit than persecuted Christians.”
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The royal told guests at the private reception to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Anglican Centre in Rome, he was dismayed that Aid to the Church in Need’s (ACN) report into religious freedom had been widely ignored.
The Catholic charity supports oppressed and persecuted Christians and the royal recorded a video message supporting the report, which received little media attention.”
Prince Charles has sought to highlight Christian persecution in the Middle East
Prince Charles reportedly made the comments at an event hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury
People are more interested and obsessed with Brexit than persecuted Christians
The source at the Lambeth House event said: “Prince Charles complained that the Aid to the Church in Need report had sunk without trace because people were so obsessed with Brexit.”
Clarence House said it would not comment on a private conversation.
The future king’s comments come after he branded the persecution of Christians in the Middle East ”evil”.
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Prince Charles delivered Radio 4’s Thought for the Day last month and spoke out against the persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Jews, Ahmadis and other groups.
He warned against repeating “the horrors of the past” and spoke of a Jesuit priest’s fears that Christians will be driven out of the Holy Land.
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Neville Kyrke-Smith, ACN’s national director, said: “Despite highlighting the genocidal attacks on Christians and other minorities in the Middle East, the secular press showed little interest in the Religious Freedom in the World Report and there was no national television coverage.
“It is those who are suffering at this time who are left abandoned unless ACN and other charities respond to their terrible plight.”