On 5 February 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations DECR, received representatives of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces. The meeting took place at the request of the representatives of the Syrian opposition, who visited Moscow on 3-5 February 2014. As Metropolitan Hilarion noted, the fate of the Christian population of Syria causes particular concern. “We are deeply worried over the radicalism which leads to numerous deaths, to the abduction of Christians and destruction of Christian churches. We see the full-scale persecution of Christians in Syria. Many Christians had to leave the country, many have been displaced within Syria. What is going on is a humanitarian catastrophe of the enormous scale,” the DECR chairman said. Full article here.